It’s not the holiday season without Christmas themed movies on the Hallmark Channel.
Some people think Hallmark holiday movies are a bit “wishy washy”, but I find them to be entertaining. They always give you a “feel good” feeling after you watch them. They are also sweet movies. You won’t find violence, sex, nudity or anything else that you don’t want to associate with the holiday season.
A new film from the Hallmark Channel has been released on DVD. It’s called Northpole and it stars Tiffani Thiessen, Josh Hopkins, Bailee Madison, Max Charles, Jill St. John, Robert Wagner and Candice Glover.
I was surprised to see Robert Wagner and Jill St. John in this film. Where have they been hiding out all these years?
Wagner and St. John play the roles of Santa and Mrs. Claus who reside, of course, at the North Pole.
The North Pole gets it’s “power” from people around the world who are full of Christmas spirit. Unfortunately the holiday spirit is lacking these days. People are too busy and too into non-holiday things to put their heart and soul into celebrating the season. Something needs to be done to bring back the holiday spirit – and soon – or the North Pole is doomed and Christmas might be no more.
Back down in the “real world” that we live in a young boy named Kevin has moved to a new school and is having a hard time making friends. His single mom Chelsea is a news reporter.
Kevin does eventually make a friend name Clementine (played by the adorable and effervescent Bailee Madison). She is an elf from the North Pole who has come down from the pole to help revived the Christmas spirit in hopes of saving the North Pole from disaster. Kevin knows she’s a Christmas elf but he has a hard time convincing his mother that she is.
Meanwhile the town where Kevin moved to decides it doesn’t want to hold it’s annual tree lighting ceremony. Kevin’s mom is out to investigate the reasons why (there could be a bit of a “Scrooge” behind it).
There is also a possible romantic connection between Kevin’s mom and his teacher. I’ll leave this one up to you to decide what happens (after all, it is a Hallmark movie. LOL).
Overall I enjoyed the film. It’s a family friendly film that has something for both young and old alike. It was a bit predictable, but that doesn’t sway my overall opinion of the film. Most films are predictable when you think about it.
The acting was pretty good, most especially Bailee Madison and Max Charlies (“Kevin”). They are both very likable kids.
The North Pole is a very pretty place. It would have been nice if they spent more time there. I loved how they made it look. It was a very inviting place (I’d live there).
I wouldn’t consider this a holiday classic, but it is an enjoyable film that I would watch each holiday season. It’s a “keeper” and would make a nice addition to any holiday movie collection.
The film is currently available on DVD where most movies are sold.
Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.