CHRISTMAS EVERLASTING was an enjoyable movie. With good production value, competent acting and a non traditional script, this will be a conversation starter for many.
A fine ensemble cast is anchored by: Tatyana Ali, Dondre Whitfield and Dennis Haysbert. Patti LaBelle makes a guest appearance as a cook, not a singer. The secondary characters all did good work as the quirky town folks in the rural Wisconsin town.
Lucy, a corporate attorney in NYC, just found out she’s been promoted to Jr. Partner when her phone rings and her uncle tells her that her older sister has died. Lucy informs her boss and heads out immediately for her hometown, someplace tiny, Wisconsin. Once there, she reconnects with her high school boyfriend, who just happens to be her sister’s lawyer. He informs her about the very unusual terms of her sister’s will and the movie is off and running.
Altho’ most kids probably won’t be interested in this story, it’s perfectly clean - no foul language, violence or sexual content. Older siblings who raised youngers will find a special affinity with this film. It’s especially heartrending, emotionally relevant and honest. I enjoyed the family relationships, reconnecting and growth of the Lucy character and those who needed to understand her and help her understand.
Christmas isn’t the point of this movie but it’s integral to time and place. Wisconsin is a perfect setting for this time of year. Cinematography was good and included a few panoramic landscapes in the midst of mostly intimate gatherings of people or town shots. Traditional, seasonal music peppered with jazz, accounts for much of the score adding to my enjoyment of this film.
Something different with an unexpected twist for the H. E. A. makes this film a great choice for a Christmas movie marathon or 90 minute break🍿
Home, Hearth and Holidays 2021 #30