The Christmas story staged by Mary Lambert is all about love and its effect on people, especially at this time of the year
Contains spoilers for “A Castle for Christmas”
“A castle for Christmas” is the kind of fantasy we all would have dreamed of at some point in our lives. It is gentle and funny in parts, easy on the eyes, downright juicy, adorable cheesy and even manages to evoke a few tears of joy. The Brooke Shields Christmas story, directed by Mary Lambert, is all about love and the effect it has on people, especially at this time of the year.
Netflix Rom-Com follows Sophie Brown (Shields), a successful novel-com writer, divorced and mother of a teenage daughter. After a meltdown following a botched ending to a novel, she buys a castle in Scotland, meets the duke who can only be imagined from a book, and shows the world that everyone deserves a second chance for love. And maybe the second time these relationships are meaningful and real and even meant to last forever. Cheesy? Shields is to blame for that.
In the luxurious townhouse of actress Brooke Shields in New York
Brown became known worldwide with her series “Emma Gale”. However, the decorated writer has been heavily criticized by her fans after deciding to kill her protagonist’s love interest – a decision fueled by her own bitter divorce after her husband left her for another woman.
A glitch on The Drew Barrymore Show causes her to reconsider her steps and she sets off for Dun Dunbar, a small town in Scotland that is home to the castle where her father grew up. Her father, the groundsman’s son, had a penchant for telling romantic stories about his childhood, which inspired Brown as a writer. In the city, however, you can expect both pleasant and piercing surprises. First of all, the place recognizes her as a world-famous novelist, and to her dismay, the castle is for sale and belongs to Myles (Cary Elwes), a stubborn Dobber so to speak.
Eventually the two come to a deal, a 90-day trust deed that allows Brown (later McGuinty, her real family name) to take ownership immediately, provided Myles stays with her at the castle during that time. The latter is certain that Brown is leaving as fast as she arrived after taking her to a dingy, damp, and leaky room, but the problems only bring her closer. The other key figure that just increases the cuteness quotient is Hamish, an adorable and overexcited dog who follows Brown like a puppy.
The romantic exchange of blows and comedic flirtations between Myles and Brown make up the most enjoyable parts of the Christmas movie. There is some stress that the characters are exposed to and that was predictable. That said, it’s a Christmas movie, so there’s no room for bad and tragic endings.
The supporting actors also get plenty of screen time. Brown’s knitting club is seamlessly woven. Helen (Tina Gray, Angus (Stephen Oswald) are still overwhelmed by grief after the death of her husband. Innkeeper Maisie (Andi Osho) has to forgive former beau Thomas (Lee Ross) while baker Rhona (Eilidh Loan) is traveling There are glaring mistakes, but Lamber deliberately avoids complicating the plot by including the exes of the two main characters.
The pace is slow at times, and the cheese factor is a bit of an exaggeration, but that’s forgivable after the cast put on gigs that keep us stuck in history and hope that the quaint townspeople and the still-navigating-a-relationship -Pair. Just over 50, Brown and Myles are looking for a worthwhile life together and that is the core of the story. It’s about a second chance for love. And just as the world would choose one, get their second chance and let it work.
“A Castle for Christmas” is streamed on Netflix.