Holiday movies fill our hearts with joy. Between Hallmark's Countdown to Christmas, It's a Wonderful Lifetime (or Fa La La La Lifetime, if you prefer) and ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas, there are so many movies and so little time.
To help you, our friends, we have sacrificed by watching as many of these movies as possible and will give you our two cent review. Hopefully this will help you know what you do or do not want to watch.
November 25, 2015
Once Upon a Holiday
All she wanted was one hour to see the art gallery, but since, as a princess, every minute is accounted for, Katie decided the only way to get a much needed a vacation from being royal was to sneak away. Now in the big city on her own, she meets Jack, a good Samaritan who catches some con men stealing her purse. Keeping her real identity a secret, Katie enjoys seeing what life is like as an ordinary person, and enjoys getting to know Jack too! But secrets can't stay secret forever, especially when the Royal Guard is hunting for you.
Our Two Cents:
A princess wants a day off so she runs away. This movie is kind of a hybrid of Roman Holiday and The Prince and Me. We’ve enjoyed Paul Campbell in his other movies, as he’s great at creating real characters. He did a good job in this too, but the story wasn't as strong as it could have been. It wasn’t bad, but could have been better.
There's a few places where they dropped the ball. She didn’t have that undefinable princess quality. She kind of just wasted the time she had away from the rigorous life of a princess. There are so many cool things to do and see in NYC. Especially at Christmas! Lastly, she never seemed to mourn (or care at all about) losing her mother's camera, and it sounded like it had a lot of sentimental value.
However, all of those are nitpicky critiques, because as a whole, it's a cute and enjoyable movie.