Metcalfe Does Country
When Bradley (Jesse Metcalfe) was just 13 years old his parents died and he was left with out a family and having to leave his home in Milltown, but not before he and his best friend and sweetheart Sarah (Autumn Reeser) had a pretend wedding in a barn, performed by their friend Adam (Aaron Craven) the son of the local vicar. Many years later and Bradley having become a huge country star he is about to marry his award winning actress girlfriend, which he wants to be quiet and intimate, whilst she and her agent has other plans. But before he does he decides to return to Milltown to sell his parent's home which he still owns which leads into him running back in to Sarah who never left, clinging on to the simple life and her home although has some financial worries. But a return back home leads to Bradley beginning to question where his heart really lies.
Nearly every time I watch a Hallmark movie, and I have watched quite a few, I get reminded very quickly that they often roll out the same storyline but dressed up differently be it going for soft romantic drama or more full on comedy. I got reminded of that within minutes of "A Country Wedding" starting as firstly we meets Sarah who could lose her home and business as the bank is looking to foreclose. Then we have her childhood friend Bradley who has become a big country star who is wrapped up in his fancy big city life who of course returns home and finds himself reconnecting with his roots. And well do I really need to say any more, I don't think so because this is a familiar storyline dressed up in a soft romantic/country way.
But do you know what when they get a Hallmark movie right they get it very right and "A Country Wedding" really gets it right from the locations, to the characters, to the twang in Autumn Reeser's voice to everything because it hits the sweet spot time and again. And where it really scores is in that Jesse Metcalfe looks so at home on a ranch, those few seasons of "Dallas" brought the cowboy out in him. But it is also the fact that he doesn't just look the part he sings as well and he sings very well which really brings out the softness of it all.
What this all boils down to is that "A Country Wedding" isn't anything new, it is a very familiar story with some contemporary country, cowboy clothes and music dressing it up. But it works amazingly well and has a real simple beauty about it which makes it a charming afternoon movie.