A Paris Moon at Christmas
Since the loss of her husband during WWII, Hannah (Candace Cameron Bure - Switched for Christmas), a nurse, has devoted herself to helping those at the hospital, always putting others first. Having spent time with a young child, talking about the Christmas comet, Hannah heads home, running various errands around the town first before returning to her empty house. But after hearing a stray dog bark she sets out to return it to its owners only to end up crashing her car and spending the night in a barn, sheltering from the snow. But after taking a tumble and banging her head Hannah comes to in the year 2016 and having a heck of a time not only trying to get use to a changed world but also trying to convince others that she is from the past. But maybe there is a reason as to why Hannah has found herself in the future?
Times have changed and whilst not intended some might construe what I am about to say as being sexist or demeaning or something else which is not the compliment it is intended to be. What I am going to say is that whilst Candace Cameron Bure is a beautiful actress she looks utterly stunning when given a 1940s makes over and surrounded by the sort of Christmas decorations you only find in Hallmark movies. It makes "Journey Back to Christmas" immediately an eye catching movie with a fantastic look which is matched up by some great Christmas songs which deliver the right atmosphere to fill this movie's opening with a sense of nostalgia and a bygone charm.
But of course we have the actual plot to "Journey Back to Christmas" which sees Hannah in the year 2016 and plenty of questions as to who she is as some people think she has amnesia whilst others think she is up to some thing with few having a sense of charity as times have changed. But what we get is Jake, a kind hearted cop who takes a personal interest in Hannah and yes that's right there is some romance because of course we are talking a Hallmark movie but maybe not as you might expect. But alongside all of this we get this story which highlights how things were and how they have changed with traditions having fallen by the wayside whilst people have also changed with less ability to believe in the goodness of people.
Now I could go on about the story but instead I suggest you watch "Journey Back to Christmas" and discover it for yourself because what this has is such a wonderful atmosphere that it draws you in to what is going on as well as the Christmas period along with a mystery surrounding an old man played by Tom Skerritt who believes in time travel. On the subject of Skerritt "Journey Back to Christmas" has a wonderful cast lead by Candace Cameron Bure delivering plenty of old fashioned charm and confusion comedy as Hannah finds the 21st century confusing. But there is also Oliver Hudson who in a complimentary way has a more weathered look to him, losing that handsome naivety many will know him for and bringing more of a mature nice guy to the role of Jake. But more importantly Hudson and Bure, along with the rest of the cast, have such great chemistry that they bring the warmth of this story to life.
What this all boils down to is that "Journey Back to Christmas" is one of Hallmark's big Christmas movies of 2016 and it definitely stands out from the crowd with great performances, great production and a fabulous storyline which really touches you. To put it simply, this is one of those Hallmark movies which for years to come you will want to watch again.