This is in reference to Nick's quite apt comparison from wishes to Christmas cookies. 2017 was another hit and miss year for Hallmark Christmas films, 'Christmas in Evergreen' is neither one of the best or worst. A middling effort if you will. Regarding Hallmark's 2017 output, most ranged between lacklustre and just above average with some very bad and surprisingly good ones as well. A very variable year overall as indicated already.
'Christmas in Evergreen' is one of the average middle ones. That is very much applicable for their Christmas output overall, the film is around average middle in this regard too. 'Christmas in Evergreen' is a film with good things and moments, but for me it also had a lot of shortcomings (a few of them being the usual Hallmark gremlins). So feelings are somewhat mixed here, which was in a way more or less what was expected.
Shall start with the good things. The production values are quite nice, the scenery being beautiful even. Regardless of questions about authenticity the film for me was easy on the eyes. Some of the soundtrack is nostalgic and appropriately festive. There is evidence of charm and heart and the joy of Christmas is captured well.
Acting is not bad on the whole, with a likeable male lead in Teddy Sears. He is very charming in it and doesn't come over as too uptight and certainly far from dull. The supporting cast are better than average.
That cannot be said unfortunately for Ashley Williams, really did want to be another reviewer that liked her here in 'Christmas in Evergreen' but sadly that's not the case. Am another person that felt that she tried too hard to the point that she got annoying and rather shrill, she has a lovely smile but overuses it. Her chemistry with Sears has sweet moments but on the most part it doesn't sparkle enough and when it comes to the development it's both rushed in how too quickly the relationship evolves and also under-baked. The characters are too much like recycled cliches.
Which is pretty much the case with most of the story too, especially in the final third capped off by the as ever too neat and hastily resolved ending. Everything is obvious and there are too many things that happen too conveniently or come over as contrived. The dialogue has too much awkwardness and over-sentimentality with a lot of cheese thrown in too. The music tends to be too loud and doesn't always gel tonally.
Overall, average but watchable. 5/10
Christmas in Evergreen
Family / Romance
Christmas in Evergreen
Family / Romance
In the week before Christmas, veterinarian Allie Shaw, who has lived her entire life in the Northern Vermont Christmas tourist town of Evergreen, is moving to Washington DC to be with Spencer, her boyfriend of two years, to see if the long distance is the issue in the stagnation of their relationship as they suspect. Physician Ryan Bellamy and his adolescent daughter Zoe Bellamy are heading to Florida to board a cruise for the holidays, Ryan having made this choice to get away from the memory of his wife who died just over a year ago and who was the one who did the traditional Christmas in their family. Allie and the Bellamys meet when Ryan and Zoe stop off in Evergreen, where they had never been, en route to the airport. While someone within this collective secretly wants to spend Christmas in Evergreen, the others seem determined to make their way to their stated destination. However, one thing or another seems to conspire to prevent them from making it to either Washington or Florida. But the stated plans may still come to pass, that is unless the legend of a wish of the heart made on the Christmas snow globe that is displayed in Allie's parents' diner is stronger in showing those the collective that perhaps they were meant to spend Christmas in Evergreen together, the wish arguably manifested by the kindly old man hired to play Santa at Evergreen's annual Christmas Festival. —Huggo
Uploaded By: FREEMAN
November 03, 2021 at 10:29 PM