I started my usual tradition of Christmas movies right from November! YESSSSS!!! And I've been on a pretty good roll. Having watched a couple movies, this is my first review of the season because well, this certainly stood out to me.
Here's the synopsis:
A hopeless romantic who can’t ever seem to give a guy a real chance begins receiving each of the "12 Days of Christmas” as gifts anonymously at her door. As she tries to figure out who is sending the gifts, she begins to believe that the mystery suitor could finally live up to her expectations.
Hopeless romantic Cynthia, after being dumped by her newest boyfriend, decides to ask her best friend Liam (and also, sort-of-employee, since he illustrates for her published books) to go back home with her as a date to her sister's approaching Christmas wedding. It would also be a great way for them to get some work done, right? Sweet best friend that he is, Liam agrees. Upon arrival, Cynthia begins to receive each of the gifts on the "12 Days of Christmas" song. And embarks on an adventure to solve the mystery and find her one true love.
I guess the key word here is mystery. Because finding her admirer aka "true love" was just that. A really fun mystery. With a number of possible suitors, this movie definitely leaves you guessing. And believe me, you'll never see it coming! Definite a win for a Hallmark movie, am I right? Also, this movie somehow avoids the typical Christmas movie fails (CLICK post!). The storyline and dialogue completely hold their own. But add a great cast of lovely people with every type of awesome chemistry, and again, we have a winner! (Sure, Cynthia's hopeless romantic-ness might have you rolling your eyes once or twice but believe me, you'll still love her).
Still, the endearing mystery, great storyline, lovely characters and actors aside, I believe what makes this movie stand out on top of it all, is the lovely relationships between the characters which is weaved all through. Family and friendship both play major roles and that is portrayed beautifully with scenes that will warm your heart. You cannot help but smile. No corniness, I promise. And who doesn't love a good old 'we might as well be related' sort of friendship? Those subtly beautiful friendship scenes between the protagonists are probably my favourites.
However, it's not all laughter and cheer because tough subjects are evoked as the characters wade through Christmas after the loss of their mother. But the hurt is dealt with in a real way that somehow still inspires hope; hope for the things to come.
Definitely a movie NOT to miss this Christmas. Grab a hot cup of cocoa. Light some candles. Grab a friend or a sibling and see yourself laugh as you're carried away on this sweet Christmas mystery.