Movies

The Lost Husband

I don’t know what to really make of this movie. I know I didn’t enjoy the main character, Libby Moran, at all, she’s annoyingly irritating as some “terrible people” say about her later on in the film. And that’s not her fault, it’s just the way she goes about things. Could be the fact her mom is a real piece of work, but props go to Leslie Bibb for acting that way. I felt like her character was real, and despite my irritation towards her, it was an interesting view at a widow starting her life anew. I wouldn’t call this movie a romance, though there certainly is. It felt more like a drama than anything because the love interest aspect disappeared towards the end, and we had to deal with our main character’s trauma as a child regarding her mother and aunt.

The scenery is lovely, the farm provides great views and helps culture that homely feel. It was refreshing to watch a movie with essentially no antagonist, with the only struggle being Libby herself overcoming obstacles. Josh Duhamel as her love interest was the best part of the movie for me, his character was much more interesting and unfortunately they didn’t really spend a whole lot of time on him. Mostly glanced over the basics with him, and had his character do a lot of telling and not so much showing. The aunt, played by Nora Dunn, was kind and empathetic and reminded me of my own grandma and her farm.

The supporting cast did well enough, Libby’s two kids, Abby and Tank were acted well enough. Not much to work with really, just being kids. Abby had some nice personal growth regarding a bully. Again, I don’t really know how I feel about this movie. It just was.

For once, I’m stumped. I wouldn’t recommend it but I wouldn’t not recommend it. Basically give it a go if you enjoy farm movies with a splash of romance. Otherwise, there’s better ways to spend your time.

Movies

The Knight Before Christmas

This movie put a smile on my face. The story has been done before: a knight from the past is brought to the future to fulfil his quest, but it manages to capture the spirit of Christmas and about true love. It’s a story about being kind to others, being charitable, and caring. About putting others before yourself. Helping those in need and just being an exemplary human being.

Vanessa Hudgens plays the lead love interest opposite Josh Whitehouse who plays the titular knight. Vanessa did a really good job here with the material and came across as very likeable, and her character felt very real. I connected with her easily and established an emotional response in regards to her character’s journey. Josh did a fine job as well portraying a man lost in time, a man trying to acquaint himself in the time period he now finds himself in. They had very enjoyable chemistry together. I was very happy when they finally kissed. That was another thing I liked: their relationship didn’t feel forced. It felt organic. It blossomed naturally and didn’t feel forced by bad writing.

The side characters were also well done and although they lacked characterization, they did serve to further the character growth of the leads while still feeling like they were their own people. They felt real and not caricatures.

So if you’re looking for a feel-good movie with your significant other, or even by yourself, I’d definitely recommend watching this movie. It was really refreshing to see a movie portray a small town where people care for each other and there was nothing seriously bad or horrible or profanity/violence. I loved it.