Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Christmas Lodge ...Review and Give Away.


Well it is the beginning of November!  And we need for you to have time to win this new family film!

Christmas Lodge... a feel good movie good for the whole family.

Here is a synopsis I received:

Thomas Kinkade presents Christmas Lodge: a place where a heart-warming past and loving future meet for one remarkable group of people. During a weekend trip to the mountains, Mary (Erin Karpluk) finds herself at the now- dilapidated lodge where she spent the holidays with her family growing up. She becomes determined to restore the building to its former glory. Inspired by her grandfather and guided by her grandmother in heaven, Mary throws herself into the project, and during the process finds herself drawn to Jack (Michael Shanks), a handsome man who loves the lodge as much as she does. Historically unlucky in love, this chance encounter allows Mary to renew her faith in life and discover her one true love. For an uplifting story about the importance of faith, family and the true holiday spirit, go to the Christmas Lodge.

This is a lovely movie.  My hubby was walking in and out while I was watching and I asked for his input.  One thing he hates in a movie is when a good story line makes some giant turn at the end and lands it in a whole other direction.  This movie doesn't do that... although you can tell what will happen during most of the movie, it leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy at the end.

If you would like to see a behind the scenes on the making of the movie you can go here.  And below is a short trailer.

I enjoyed watching this film and it is certainly appropriate for the entire family.  The younger elementary crowd might find it a tad tedious.  I have to say one disappointing factor- no captions.  Not sure why but I always disclose when there are no captions.  Perhaps they could have been turned out through the TV but it was not an option in the menu.

I try to not google other people's reviews before I write one but I did want to see what others thought.  You see, while I thought this was a good was good in an "After School Special" kind of way.  Over at Footprints In The Butter she talks about some really good positives in the movie.  She said I could repost them here and I agree with them all.

  • there is ONE romantic kiss in the entire movie.  So almost no "Do we have to see the kissing part?" comments are even possible.
  • when the boyfriend-girlfriend go away for the weekend, it is clear that they have separate rooms at the hotel.
  • there was not a single scene in the movie where I would have to tell my kids to cover their eyes.  Not one.
  • characters actually talk not only about faith and God, but about Jesus.
  • Mary and Mr. Wrong are dating.  But with Mr. Right, the word used is "courting."  I don't know where I really stand on the dating vs. courtship issue, but I still loved the contrast here.
  • the characters weren't all drop-dead gorgeous.  Most seemed fairly real in appearance.
  • Michael Shanks is incredibly convincing in his role

She also talks about some thin character development and I think that is maybe where it fell short.  But it certainly is a good family movie to watch.

And again the generous folks at Propeller and those that work with them are sponsoring a give-away.
 How to win?

1) Leave a comment that you follow me here via GFC or Facebook
2) Post the contest on Facebook (and leave an additional comment.)
3) Post the contest to twitter (and leave additional comment.)
4) Post this to your blog (and leave an additional comment.)

"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services 
mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I 
only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 
I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: 

"Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." 


Blessed Beyond said...

Oh wow, I would love this movie!!! Sounds beyond perfect!! And I follow your blog now! So glad I found you from the 2011 Gratitude Challenge.

Blessed Beyond said...

I posted this on my facebook.... Thank you so much...
Hugs and Blessings,

nickandkatherine said...

Good Morning. I am following you on facebook and GFC as nickandkatherine.

nickandkatherine said...

I shared on facebook

nickandkatherine said...

I shared on Twitter!/mumoffunkids/status/131979031565443072


Anonymous said...

your dad and I would love this dvd. love, mom

Tammy PT said...

SOunds like a great one... thanks for reminding me to enter on FB!

Kimi D. said...

Love a good, warm fuzzy movie!

April said...

Thanks for posting the offer. I would love to win this!!!

Tricia O. said...

Ooh, looks like a good one, just in time for Christmas joy. I'm hoping on this one! So glad to follow your blog, and hear about great new things. This one goes right along with our blessing challenge!


Toz family said...

Looks like a good one! I reposted to facebook. Thanks for sharing!

ohiohomeschool said...

I am a friend via GFC. Would love to win!!!!

Erika said...

Following via GFC.

Erika said...

Shared the giveaway on Facebook.

sowlesmates said...

I love a good Christmas movie! :D This sounds great!

Prince Andrew and the Queen Mum said...

this comment is for soulmates. i accidently hit delete instead of publish and apparently you can't undo that! they posted on FB.

tikvah73 said...

I just followed you. (Amy B) I found you through the gratitude challenge!

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