This has all of the ingredients of a perfectly cheesy Christmas film, yet manages to feel long and drawn out.
When Sophie is mobbed by her fans for killing off a character in her books, she figures it is time to go back to basics. A trip to the Scottish castle where her dad used to work is sure to cure the problems of her disastrous divorce and backfire from her book, right?
As anyone who has watched more than two Hallmark Christmas films, you can see this plot and how it will end a mile off.
Sophie is supposedly under pressure from her manager to get the pages for her new book and to continue her existing story line. However, you don’t really feel that coming from Sophie. Apart from a few zoom calls, she doesn’t seem to be under pressure or reactive to the stress. Maybe it is because she just decides to buy a castle, maybe it is because her ex is getting remarried and she doesn’t seem to care, maybe it is because her daughter wont be with her for Christmas and that doesn’t seem to faze her either, but Sophie just doesn’t feel relatable.
The saving grace of this film is the eccentric supporting characters. They all seem to have stories of their own, which are glossed over but never really explored. See if you can spot the huge entrance from a new character that doesn’t make any sense to the story but seems like a pivotal moment!
Don’t get us wrong, the scenery is stunning and works well as a great advert for Scotland. There just seems to be nothing else here.
Romantic Moments – 2
Random Characters that make no sense – 2
Stunning Castle – 1
Overall Score –
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