Christmas Angel (2009)
Bruce's Secret Nick
This is the perfect season to stop thinking about ourselves and starting thinking about others - Nicke
What do you look for in a Christmas movie? Is it some fun and romance set against a wintry backdrop or do you want something which will fill you with warmth and make you want to be a better person. If it is fun and romance then the chances are that "Christmas Angel", also known as "The Christmas Miracle", will probably disappoint with the rom-com part of the movie feeling weak and predictable. But if you enjoy movies which fill you with warmth and inspire you to do some good you will love this it and probably add "Christmas Angel" to your annual Christmas watch list.
Ashley Matthews (Kari Hawker) has lived her entire life on her own and as Christmas arrives all the decorations and festivities only make her feel down, if that was possible as she is struggling to find work and pay for her car to be fixed. That is when her neighbour Nick (Bruce Davison - Runaway Jury) steps in and asks her to be his personal assistant letting her in on his little secret, not only is he rich but he spends his time secretly helping others, from those who are homeless to those who are sick and lonely. Whilst still not keen on Christmas Ashley starts to enjoy helping others but things get messy when she meets journalist Will (K.C. Clyde - Deadly Sibling Rivalry) who spots a great storyline in what Nick does and by doing so threatens to ruin things by blowing his cover.
Technically "Christmas Angel" is a romantic, comedy and drama but as mentioned the romantic comedy side of things is not that great. This side of the movie is too obvious that whilst Ashley is a bit shy and very protective of letting people in that eventually she will end up with Will whilst Will is initially shallow his goodness will shine through come the end. Basically it lacks originality and whilst a little cute there is no great chemistry going on, just simple pleasantness.
But "Christmas Angel" isn't really a Christmas romantic comedy but a movie about making the audience feel good and leading them to want to be better. Some might call this sentimental and sappy, I don't and by the time "Christmas Angel" had come to an expectedly pleasant end it had made me feeling warm and fuzzy inside whilst making me want to help others. The reason for this is actually Bruce Davison who is brilliant as Nick, making him this soothing spirit of generosity with a knowing wisdom of having lived life. Okay so the fact he is called Nick and is a bit of a secret Santa is a bit corny and there are a few other corny things but you know what when "Christmas Angel" wins you over it doesn't matter one iota.
Because "Christmas Angel" is all about how it makes you feel and not so much about the romantic comedy it also doesn't matter that there isn't a great deal of believable chemistry between Kari Hawker and K.C. Clyde as Ashley and Will. But each play their part well with Kari Hawker reminding me of Sandra Bullock from "WWhile You Were Sleeping", sad and lonely but good hearted, whilst K.C. Clyde may not have the looks of some actors, his normality and enthusiasm makes him a pleasure to watch.
What this all boils down to is that whilst "Christmas Angel" has an element of romantic comedy it is really a Christmas drama about human kindness and doing things for others. As such if you want to watch a Christmas movie which will fill you with warmth and make you want to do something for others it is definitely worth watching.
Tags: Christmas Movies
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