Naomi Judd in An Evergreen Christmas (2014)

A Bit of a Spruce Goose

Evie Lee (Naomi Judd) left Balsam Falls to become a big musician but it never happened and only ended up working for a popular artist as her dog's body. So when Evie receives the bad news that her father has died she returns home to the family Christmas Tree farm where she discovers that things are not great with the business and there will be a huge inheritance tax on the farm. Now Evie finds herself confronted with many a decision including whether she should stay to try and keep the family business running or return to the city and her less than impressive career.

A woman returning home for a funeral, an inherited family business in trouble, bumping in to a former boyfriend and I could go on because I have lost count of the number of movies I have watched which basically come down to someone returning home and reassessing their life. Now usually I tend to like these movies and I thought I was going to like "An Evergreen Christmas" as well because not only is it a Christmas movie which takes place on a Christmas Tree farm and on top of that features Robert Loggia in the stereotypical old man role, but I didn't.

Now part of the trouble with "An Evergreen Christmas" is that it decides the main storyline, that familiar one which many of us would watch it for is not enough so it throws a lot of extra bits in there. We have issues between Evie and her younger brother, the fact everyone back home thinks Evie is a rich and glamorous star, there is a rivalry between Evie's current city boyfriend and the former one. But that is clearly still not enough so we get more additions including a racist abusive father of a young girl who takes a dislike to her boyfriend. Whilst I can appreciate the intention was to bring variety to a familiar storyline it doesn't work and only ends up making "An Evergreen Christmas" come across as unfocused and lacking soul and certainly not very Christmassy.

What this all boils down to is that "An Evergreen Christmas" ended up a distinct disappointment and a case of too much going on making it unfocussed and messy whilst lacking the essence of Christmas many would watch hoping for.

Tags: Christmas Movies