That may sound harsh, and apologies, but 'Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane' just didn't work for me. Liked the concept, which was hardly an original one but seemed nice enough. The title sounded cute if corny. Not all Hallmark Christmas films are bad, actually think a good deal of them are watchable but was pleasantly surprised by some. Colin Ferguson is seldom less than watchable and more often than not is more than that.
Was though not completely excited in seeing it, having struggled with watching some of Alicia Witt's performances in her other Christmas films and from the synopsis and what has been said about the film it sounded like it would be another variation on the type of character that she often overacts. While not quite one of the worst Hallmark Christmas films, 'Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane' had a lot of very glaring flaws bad enough to completely disallow me from getting any enjoyment out of it.
'Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane' is not all bad. Ferguson is very engaging and does a great job with what he's given, which is not enough and not worthy of Ferguson's talent. Jill Larson is also a joy as one of the few characters in the film to be properly worth investing in.
It looks good, the settings are beautiful to watch and are lovingly festive, nicely photographed. Count me in as another person who loves the house, one of the nicest houses for any Hallmark Christmas film.
However, Witt badly overacts her role, coming over as very affected, and exaggerates her character's negative traits (i.e. pomposity) to a very grating degree. There is no chemistry or spark between her and Ferguson, no warmth whatsoever and very disconnected. Other than Morgan and Rachel, none of the characters are particularly likeable and only Rachel is interesting, Ferguson's material is too weak and he has too little to his role.
Dialogue ranges from laughably bad to downright painful, very childish with a lot of forced sentimentality and constant awkwardness. The story is lifeless with a glacially slow pace throughout, especially the very hard to sit through first half, and has no charm, warmth or heart. Boredom and annoyance were the only two feelings that came from watching this film. The music for my liking was too constant and too intrusive. The direction is pedestrian throughout.
On the whole, mediocre. 4/10
Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane
Drama / Romance
Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane
Drama / Romance
Emma Reynolds is a newly minted junior partner with a New York City law firm and who followed in her father's footsteps career-wise, although Emma only knows her clients as faceless corporations, while her father, who had his own practice in the family's longtime hometown of Oliver's Well, Virginia with his friend and partner Joe, knew the names and faces of everyone with who he did business. Always too busy with work and now a bona fide big city girl, Emma has headed home to Oliver's Well this Christmas for the first time since law school, what could be considered one year too late as both her father and mother, Cliff and Caroline Reynolds, have passed away this year, meaning she didn't get that one last Christmas with them. Emma will be spending this Christmas with her Oliver's Well-based siblings, Andie, a successful novelist, and Daniel, a caterer, and their respective families as the three siblings will be closing up the family house on Honeysuckle Lane, including figuring out what to do with the family heirlooms and mementos, before putting the historic house and the appropriate other items on the market. The importance of this Christmas is honoring their parents' memory, they who loved Christmas and were each other's one true love for the duration of their fifty-three year marriage, it being love at first sight. Emma has come to town solo, delaying telling her siblings that she and her longtime boyfriend, cardiologist Ian Tillman, who they expected would be an imminent part of the family, have split. One of Emma's responsibilities ends up being to find someone to help them appraise the items in the house. Who Emma hires is ex-Harvard History professor turned antiques dealer Morgan Shelby, his hiring despite his and Emma's antagonistic first meeting. In going through specifically Caroline's antique Victorian desk - it where she used to hide many of Emma's Christmas presents - Morgan finds hidden some love letters written to Caroline from someone not Cliff - the letters signed "R.J." who apparently was engaged to Caroline before Cliff. Not wanting to upset the apple cart before knowing what it all means, Emma and Morgan, without telling either Andie or Daniel, go on a mission to discover who R.J. is and what he meant in Caroline's life. In going on this mission of discovery, both Emma and Morgan may come to some realizations about what they truly want in life, Emma's which includes facing the real reason she left Oliver's Well and which is made all the more difficult with something from her recent past following her to Oliver's Well. —Huggo
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November 04, 2021 at 07:58 AM