Getting Cole in Your Christmas Stocking
Hollywood is heading for the town of Homestead when, actress and producer, Jessica McEllis (Taylor Cole - Christmas Festival of Ice) decides to shoot her latest movie there, although with her ex, Vince (Jeff Branson), also in the movie things are a little awkward. But not everyone in the Christmas loving Homestead are so enthusiastic about a movie being shot there, especially the town's mayor, Matt (Michael Rady - A Joyous Christmas). But things get interesting as Matt, who is a widowed single dad, is also the owner of the local inn where Jessica is staying and as they end up spending time together they start to become close.
I get to watch a lot of Christmas movies, especially made for TV Christmas movies, and I have to tell you that by the time I sat to watch "Christmas in Homestead" I had watched a lot and that meant I was starting to need a movie with that something extra to the norm to stand out and be memorable. Sadly whilst "Christmas in Homestead" is an entertaining Hallmark Christmas movie and delivered on the beauty of Christmas which you come to expect from a Hallmark Christmas movie it only recycled a familiar storyline where we have a man and woman with baggage from past experiences falling for each other but dealing with a few relationship hiccups along the way.
As such what we get in "Christmas in Homestead" is to start with some confusion comedy as Jessica mistakes Matt for a bakery owner only to learn that he is the mayor. Then we have the fact that Jessica doesn't really have anyone else in her life this Christmas, other than her self obsessed ex who still has a thing for her, whilst Matt is the devoted single father who cherishes the memories of his late wife and who is devoted to his daughter. And on top of the familiar we also get the bonding as Jessica not only becomes close to Matt but of course also his daughter Sophie. I could go on because "Christmas in Homestead" doesn't break new ground when it comes to the story although it does mix things up a little.
But as always "Christmas in Homestead" delivers what fans of Hallmark Christmas movies enjoy which is; attractive actors playing likeable characters with a beautiful Christmassy backdrop of beautifully dressed homes and businesses. Yes some might call what is presented as Christmas in "Christmas in Homestead" a fantasy but it is the escapism of it which works.
What this all boils down to is that "Christmas in Homestead" is a routine Hallmark Christmas movie, using the familiar elements of confusion and romance in a picture perfect town. It means that whilst it is an entertaining Christmas movie come Christmas 2017 this probably won't be one you will feel a desperate need to watch again above others.