Friday, December 9, 2022

#31DaysOfChristmas: A Castle for Christmas

Watched on: Netflix
Duration: 1 hour 38 minutes
Originally aired: November 26, 2021
Directed by: Mary Lambert
Starring: Brooke Shields, Cary Elwes and Lee Ross
Please see IMDb for full cast and crew information.


The story follows a famed American author, Sophie, who travels to Scotland and finds herself wanting to buy a castle, but the prickly owner, a Scottish Duke named Myles, is reluctant to sell to a foreigner. Working to find a compromise, the pair constantly butt heads, but along the way they just may find more than they bargained for.


I had intended to watch this movie last year and then didn't for some reason. I kind of wish I had though because I think I'm being more critical of holiday movies this year, and this is not a Christmas movie. Sure, Christmas is the deadline for a deal these two make, they spend a fun day in the snow, and they host a Christmas party at the castle, but none of the rest of the Christmas magic is there. Except for the day in the snow (which could still happen in at least three months of the year) the rest of it could have easily happened any time. 

In this movie, Cary Elwes plays a grumpy old Scottish duke who is abut to lose his castle to the bank. Then along comes Brooke Shields, a best-selling American author whose father got busted carving his name in a doorjamb of said castle, and she wants to buy it. 

From there, the movie has a very Beauty and the Beast feeling to it. Shield's starts having fun with the castle staff, and Elwes begrudgingly accepts her presence, kind of, but also really wants her to just leave already. The more I think about it, this whole movie is pretty much a Beauty and the Beast retelling, minus the angry villagers trying to kill the beast. 


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