Ice Sculpture Christmas (2015)
The second in Hallmark’s 2015 Countdown to Christmas campaign airs tonight. On this chilly November day, let’s chat about its cuteness.
As a little girl, Callie was fascinated with ice sculpting. She had unlimited access to the beautiful sculpture’s the pros created thanks to her father’s employment at an exclusive upscale club which hosts an annual competition. Now, years later, Callie (Rachel Boston) is all grown up. Having achieved her goal of becoming a chef, she’s now ready to work with the best in the business and someday, to have her own kitchen. Having been to culinary school, she also learned the art of ice sculpting, a passion she enjoys as an aside to cooking. She finally lands a job as a dishwasher, but it places her next to one of the greatest chefs which is more than she could ask for.
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Her new job also reacquaints her with David (David Alpay), the boy she once knew when they were kids. Members of the club's elite list of guests, David is being groomed to inherit his father’s wealth and business (a buyout firm), which puts he and Callie worlds apart. Yet impulsively David takes a chance, nudging Callie out of her comfort zone and changing her perspective on their respective worlds.
Sparkly and bubbly are two words one could use to describe this. The plot weaves in a unique – and competitive, world with its focus on ice sculpting not to mention tying it all in with yet another cute romance. For once, the Christmas festivities don’t seem to overwhelm this film. I mean, certainly the story’s setting is apparent and is indeed rooted in Christmas fluff, but nothing is over the top nor is the entire script caked in jingle bells. This helps set Ice Sculpture Christmas apart from the fray.
With its adorably appropriate clichéd misunderstandings, there isn’t much to find fault with. I enjoyed the characters and especially liked Callie’s character. She’s a hardworking kind of person that is, sadly, a rarity in today’s society; she understood the need (or perhaps requirement is a better word) for hard work if one wants to achieve their dreams. This isn’t the kind of film that “needs” to look deeper, but it’s nice to see if it does not to mention offering some nuggets of wisdom. Traversing through the familiar, and somehow comforting, clichés of this story is the refreshing use of a common trope. Instead of the competition being presented in the “mean girl” mantle, which is normally an ex or wanna-be girlfriend, here it is instead someone threatened by Callie’s talent and wholesome, hard-working attitude.
Last but not least, Callie's cute relationship with her father is precious.
Same as with every other network production that has been and is sure to follow, if you’re craving something sweet to curl up on the couch and enjoy, this might be your cup of tea – or hot cocoa might be more fitting. In fact, that’s sort of what this film resembles; a sweet and rich cup of cocoa.
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Premiering tonight on Hallmark Channel, have a look at the promotional video for Ice Sculpture Christmas.