Sparks Fly for Markle
When Amy (Meghan Markle - Dater's Handbook) gets offered her dream job at the Chicago post she has to leave the small town she grew up in, leaving behind mot only her caring parents and her best friend but also her boyfriend, Hank (Christopher Jacot - A Ring by Spring). Seven years later and Amy's life is dominated by her career whilst dating the business focused Phil (Lochlyn Munro - Merry Ex-Mas). But Amy finds herself returning home for the 4th July celebration 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 it 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 new movie just by changing a few minor details such as names, dates and places. It probably doesn't work that way but as I watched "When Sparks Fly", a Hallmark romantic comedy, it simply felt like someone had grabbed an old script for a romantic comedy, decided to set it during 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 the Hallmark Channel.
So in truth "When Sparks Fly" doesn't demand a great deal said about it as when we see the cute Amy, and cute is a word which goes hand in hand with sweet in this movie, returning 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 Phil, her boyfriend in the city, who of course 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, which is whether there is still something between Amy and Hank.
But "When Sparks Fly" is fun and has all the cute, sugary stuff you expect from a Hallmark romantic comedy and that includes the attractive Meghan Markle, Christopher Jacot who is pleasantly handsome and ideal boyfriend material plus there is Kristina Pesic who brings most of the movie's over the top comedy as the 4th of July infatuated bride to be. Don't get me wrong as "When Sparks Fly" is a Hallmark movie where there is not a single character with an ounce of depth or complexity, but you get what you expect which is a whole lot of wholesome niceness from Meghan Markle and Christopher Jacot.
What this all boils down to is that "When Sparks Fly" is a typical Hallmark movie and features such a familiar storyline that within minutes of it starting you already know how it is going to end when it comes to Meghan Markle and Christopher Jacot's characters.