Holly's Prickly Return
Life is ticking over for the guys at the Dead Letter Office with Rita (Crystal Lowe) doing her duties as Miss Special Delivery whilst the tingle of romance is in the air between Oliver (Eric Mabius - How to Fall in Love) and Shane (Kristin Booth - A Tale of Two Bunnies). But things get shook up when Oliver's estranged wife, Holly (Poppy Montgomery - Lying to Be Perfect), turns up after receiving a letter from Oliver which had been lost in the system. Not only does it cause Shane to fear Oliver and Holly might get back together but Holly's return causes Oliver to question his steadfast belief in his rules, especially when the team find themselves with some divorce papers which have been lost in the system for two years.
To say that "Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris with Love" is dark would require a massive rewrite of the definition when it comes to dark but it isn't the typical light hearted fun of the previous movies in this series. Nope instead whilst there are still those lighter moments, often coming via Norman and Rita's own little romantic tribulations, what we get instead is more akin to a sort of soul searching movie as through a series of events involving Shane finding Oliver's lost letter to his wife, Holly shows up unexpectedly and possibly bringing an end to those tentative shoots of romance which have been growing between Shane and Oliver.
To be honest it is credit to all those who were involved in "Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris with Love" that despite feeling not as light as usual it still worked. There is some genuinely beautiful staging of shots which work well with the more of a soul searching nature to the story line whilst the chemistry between Eric Mabius and Kristin Booth as Oliver and Shane has this nice feeling of being best friends but on the verge of being more, both semi afraid of what would be if they ever were more.
What this all boils down to is that "Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris with Love" feels slightly different to the previous movies in the "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" series but it works with a more stripped back story and a focus on the character's emotions and Oliver's own story rather than focusing on some adventure to track down the rightful recipient of a lost letter.