The Kiss Misses the Mark

Katja Weitzenböck in Valentine's Kiss (2015) (aka: Fighting for Her Family)

Valentine Whiteley (Katja Weitzenböck) has carved out quite the impressive career for herself as a writer of parenting guide books, portraying herself as the perfect wife and mother. But then the truth hits her like a ton of bricks when her husband Nicholas (Rupert Graves) files for a divorce having started a secret affair with a younger woman. With Nicholas wanting half the fortune which has come from Valentine's success their divorce is a messy one especially as not only does a journalist appear to write an article which does Valentine no favours but with their daughter getting married Valentine and Nicholas constantly cross each others paths. With her precious career in danger and her fans turning against her Valentine has some big choices to make when it comes to her children, her life and that journalist who despite possibly destroying her career could be the love of her life.

I always try to think of something someone else might have watched which compares well to the movie I am reviewing and as I watched the TV movie/ TV mini-series "Valentine's Kiss" I kept think of the BBC series "Doctor Foster". They are by no means identical but with Valentine discovering her seemingly perfect marriage is in ruins and the discovery that her estranged husband is a love rat it has some similarities and with it being a British production it has the same sort of feel.

Rupert Graves in Valentine's Kiss (2015) (aka: Fighting for Her Family)

But whilst I kind of enjoyed "Doctor Foster" I can't say that "Valentine's Kiss" achieved the same and I found this an emotionally cold and frankly shallow experience which felt like it was made on a budget causing it to feel rushed. To put it simply no matter who the actor was and no matter what line they were saying I never felt there was any depth to their words and it was just an actor reciting their lines rather than playing a part. It is why I have a feeling that financial and time restrictions meant that those involved didn't get the time to hone their characters or really craft the scenes.

In a way it is a shame as "Valentine's Kiss" has a nice tangle of drama going on. We have Valentine realising her writing career ended up robbing her from being the mum she thought she was, there is Nicholas who we discover is a love rat and to be honest a loathsome all round being, then we have romance involving a journalist plus their eldest daughter finding an unplanned pregnancy affecting her blossoming career. There is quite simply enough going on in "Valentine's Kiss" to be entertaining if only it felt like there was depth to it.

What this all boils down to is that whilst "Valentine's Kiss" has the look and the story to entertain the finished product doesn't achieve it due to it ending up feeling rushed and emotionless.

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