Rob Morrow and Britt Irvin in Mr. Miracle (2014) (aka: Debbie Macomber's Mr. Miracle)

Not Quite a Miracle

Untested angel Harry Mills (Rob Morrow) finds himself sent to Earth for the first time to help 24 year old Addie (Britt Irvin) to get her life back on the right path having struggled ever since her father died. Having never been to Earth Harry knows nothing about how things work from opening doors to shaking hands, at least he has a mentor in Celeste (Michelle Harrison) to try and keep him on the straight and narrow and from breaking the cardinal rule of falling for someone whilst he is down on Earth. But helping Addie out is a lot more complicated than Harry could imagine especially when Erich (Andrew Francis) enters the equation.

Where do I start with "Mr. Miracle"? Well it appears that this made for Christmas movie is based on a Debbie Macomber book who also wrote the story which was made in to "Mrs. Miracle". But whilst "Mrs. Miracle" was a charming movie featuring Doris Roberts delivering a sweet performance "Mr. Miracle" is different and is all about the comedy of Harry knowing nothing about how to act on Earth. For those who loved "Mrs. Miracle" it will make "Mr. Miracle" a bit of a disappointment but then I guess if all they tried to do was make a male version of "Mrs. Miracle" it may have been really poor.

Michelle Harrison in Mr. Miracle (2014) (aka: Debbie Macomber's Mr. Miracle)

Now whilst watching "Mr. Miracle" I kept thinking to myself where had I seen it before, knowing full well I couldn't have as it had just been released. And then I realised what it and especially Rob Morrow's performance as Harry reminded me of, it was French Stewart in "3rd Rock from the Sun". There is the similarity between French Stewart playing a goofy alien who doesn't understand human ways with Rob Morrow playing Harry a guardian angel who doesn't understand human ways. The trouble is that for twenty minutes or so the comedy of Harry being an oblivious fish out of water is amusing but then after that it becomes annoying.

Aside from Rob Morrow the rest of the performances are okay but okay is not good enough and unfortunately whilst Britt Irvin and Andrew Francis are pleasant enough they are not overly memorable. More memorable is Michelle Harrison who would have been great in a "Mrs. Miracle" spin off involving a new Mrs. Miracle as she has charm and warmth which really stands out as the rest of the movie is lacking in it.

What this all boils down to is that "Mr. Miracle" tries to be charming as well as comical but doesn't quite achieve either. There are moments of charm but not enough and unfortunately the comedy becomes too much after the first twenty minutes.

Tags: TV Christmas Movies, Christmas Movies