Like the inevitable character in a third of Hallmark Channel Christmas movies, I fear I have lost “The Christmas Spirit.” In hopes of finding it, I will be watching a ridiculous number of Christmas movies on TV. Here is my story…
Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge (2015) Hallmark Channel
-…I’m not sure how to put this, but in the first 90 seconds there is a montage of Ted McGinley & Faith Ford meeting, falling in love, & getting married over the years. It ends with her being pregnant & having a miscarriage. First of all, JESUS CHRIST. Second of all… she has to be 50 years old. Future context leads me to believe this was supposed to take place in the past, when she was a bit younger, but they didn’t try even a little to convey that. They have to know we’re going to give pause to try to figure out wtf is happening with that, right?
-“Watch out for those pickup trucks,” says the love interest, as he crosses a street while walking backwards without looking.
-The girl from Season 1 of HTGAWM, and she’s pretty good in this. (She was not as great in that.)
-Oh, a little twist that legitimately just tugged at my heart strings. This might be a real cute movie.
-A “10-year Life Plan” pictograph with post-its & stick figures.
-A lot of references to off-screen characters who are in the military. Don’t worry; they’re all completely irrelevant, but they’re in the military, because ‘Mericuh. Ya know, to really shore up every last person in the typical Hallmark holiday romance movie demographic.
Great news. Not only does this have the well-thought out story that only being based on a book can provide (according to Hallmark film makers), but it also has an equally as compelling B-plot line, all with good actors.
HOWEVER, this is only the first half of the movie!!! What a trap. Part 2 isn’t a sequel; it’s the second half of the same story.