Meghan Markle in When Sparks Fly (2014)

Same Old Fireworks

When Amy (Meghan Markle) gets offered her dream job at the Chicago post she has to leave the small town she grew up in, leaving behind her caring parents, her best friend and her boyfriend Hank (Christopher Jacot). Seven years later and Amy's life is dominated by her career whilst dating the business focused Phil (Lochlyn Munro). But Amy finds herself returning home for the 4th July to do an article on the fireworks industry as her father has worked in it for most of his life. But returning home makes Amy realise that she has lost touch with who she really is and also brings her back in touch with Hank who is due to marry Amy's childhood friend.

I wonder what it is like in a studio office when they are looking for new movies to make, sometimes I wonder whether they just look through old scripts and see if they can wrangle a story just by changing a few minor elements such as names, dates and places. It probably doesn't work that way but as I watched "When Sparks Fly" it simply felt like a studio grabbed an old script for a romantic comedy decided to set it over the July the 4th celebrations and then switched on autopilot as whilst "When Sparks Fly" is entertaining it is for all sense and purpose identical to a ton of other romantic comedies which you will discover on TV especially from Hallmark which this is.

Christopher Jacot in When Sparks Fly (2014)

So in truth "When Sparks Fly" doesn't demand a great deal said about it as we see the cute Amy, and cute is a word which goes hand in hand with sweet in this movie, return home on a working holiday and come face to face with Hank her former boyfriend you already know how things are going to play out. If you didn't they make sure you know that Amy is currently with the wrong man as Lochlyn Munro intentionally turns on the arrogance as her city boyfriend Phil who is always working and is frequently patronising. Yes we have the added confusion of Amy's best friend due to marry Hank but it doesn't add that much of a deviation from the obvious path.

But "When Sparks Fly" is fun and has all the cute, sugary stuff you expect from a Hallmark romantic comedy and that includes Meghan Markle who is attractive, Christopher Jacot who is pleasantly handsome and ideal boyfriend material plus there is Kristina Pesic who brings most of the movies over the top comedy as the 4th of July infatuated bride to be. Don't get me wrong as there is not a single character with an ounce of depth or complexity in "When Sparks Fly" but then what do you expect from a Hallmark movie.

What this all boils down to is that "When Sparks Fly" is a 100% Hallmark movie and features such a familiar storyline that within minutes you already know how it is going to end. Yes it does mean it is corny, sweet and incredibly false yet it is in truth what you watch a Hallmark romantic comedy for in the first place.