After becoming disillusioned with his job after a failed surgery, Nathan Andrews decides it’s time to take some time off of work to go back to his hometown to see his dad. But he decides to hide the true nature of his visit as he goes around town helping people. He stumbles across a random woman several times, and the two of them fall madly in love. Nathan also meets back up with his lawyer friend who helped him buy his dying mother a pair of shoes, which are now missing. Will Nathan be able to make peace with his past and reconcile his work over the holidays?
Production Quality (3 points)
Much like the preceding film, The Christmas Shoes, The Christmas Blessing is basically a pristine production with no real errors. Video quality, camera work, and audio quality are all fine. The soundtrack is fairly typical, but the sets, locations, and props are good, even if there are a lot of Christmas decorations. Finally, the editing is standard with no real errors. It’s rare that we see a perfect production, but at least in this era, Hallmark put their full efforts towards this front.
Plot and Storyline Quality (0 points)
Also much like the film that comes before this one, The Christmas Blessing is almost a totally pointless plot. It has a predictable return-to-hometown to stumble upon a random romance at Christmas spiel, all of which seem very forced and manufactured. This is evident in very obvious and programmed dialogue, which in turn creates one-dimensional characters that only serve as stand-ins for the plot’s inevitable purpose. There is also a dose of a buying-a-building subplot here, along with a troubled character subplot. With all of this going on, the progression is very rushed and based on coincidences in route to a predictable conclusion before the television time is up. The Christian message is also very muted and mostly only based on the previous film. Basically, the only reason to make these sorts of films is just to have more content to play on TV.
Acting Quality (2 points)
Though this cast is mostly professional, in keeping with Hallmark’s usual standards, there are some moments when the cast members seem to be trying too hard. Sometimes lines come off as overly practiced, and emotions can sometimes be overly ‘interested.’ But on the whole, this section is above average and is on industry standard.
These two films are made for the sake of having Christmas films based on a recognizable Christian song in order to grab the attention of some audiences for a short amount of time. In the grand scheme of things, movies like this are extremely forgettable and will be lost in time. We need films that are dynamic and timeless, not more mindless holiday fodder.
Final Rating: 5 out of 10 points