One Starry Christmas (2014)
The first in a string of 12 all-new movies in the 2014 Countdown to Christmas kicks off tonight with the opening premiere that will take us through new movies every weekend from now until mid-December. This first in the string of said premieres is a story about a woman who has just graduated with a doctorate in astronomy named Holly (Sarah Carter) whose hope is to someday teach. Her grand Christmas plans – something that includes making new traditions with her longtime boyfriend Adam, go array when he leaves their home in Chicago to fly to New York hoping to land a client. This forces Holly to make the choice to follow Adam to New York where she can surprise him and be with her parent’s for the holidays – and along the way, she meets a charming cowboy named Luke (Damon Runyan) on his way to a genuine rodeo.
It’s nice to see some movies can give us all the trimmings of the seasons normalcy along with the healthy dose of romance (even if it is full of, and I say this with love, well-worn sentiments – come on, we know that’s why we heart these movies) and still be a story with a voice all its own. As far as this title is concerned there are two things I really enjoyed about this one. The first being that though this was a girl-returns-home kind of script, it wasn’t the typical “small town” kind of homecoming (and in future, may I just give this note to writers: living in the city isn’t bad and we could use more city-heavy stories) and within that, for those of us who do enjoy the smaller-setting, the sets do lend a cozier feel to the big city, which is nice – in particular, the sequence that has Holly and Luke spending the day together was very reminiscent of a smaller setting without actually being a small town. There is a sense of holiday nostalgia because of this.
Following that up is the cuteness of having a cowboy as the leading man and the travelling sequence between Luke and Holly, which is seriously adorbs. The dialogue in the scene is especially cute and I liked the true gentleman vibes that the character gives off in these moments. The ending wanders into some stereotypically, “silly” fairytale fluff, but it’s also perfectly appropriate and in its own way, sweet. As films in the genre go, this one is a darling way to kick off the season. It was better than anticipated and is sure to get you into the sprit of the season, which is just what any Christmas movie should do.
Tune into Hallmark Channel tonight to see the premiere of One Starry Christmas. Until then, have a look at the promo video and see what you think – and let me know if you plan on or did watch this!