Christmas at Pemberley Manor (2018) is a English movie. Colin Theys has directed this movie. Jessica Lowndes,Michael Rady,Cole Gleason,Maddie McCormick are the starring of this movie. It was released in 2018. Christmas at Pemberley Manor (2018) is considered one of the best Romance movie in India and around the world.
As Christmas approaches, Elizabeth Bennett, a New York event planner, is sent to a quaint, small town to organize their holiday festival. When she arrives, she finds William Darcy, a high-profile billionaire lacking in holiday spirit, in the process of selling the charming estate she hoped to use as a venue. Determined to make her event a success, Elizabeth persuades the reluctant Darcy to let her hold the festival on the historical estate once known for its holiday cheer. When they wind up working together to arrange the festivities, the unlikely pair begins falling for each other. But when complications arise and the festival is unexpectedly shut down, the couple parts ways and Darcy moves forward with his plans to sell the estate. On the night before Christmas, a wistful Elizabeth hopes for a Christmas miracle to revive the festival, save the estate and rekindle her holiday romance.
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Which makes sense as their was not a line of believable dialogue. I mean, it's a Hallmark Christmas movie - it's got it's own genre almost. This was more boring & formulaic than most. Can there ever be one of these WITHOUT a holiday festival/fair/ball? It's been done to death. Hallmark writers, gotta change things up!
Hallmark commissioned 22 new Christmas movies for 2018. This was the first to air - a full two months before Xmas. I'm guessing it was shown first because - after viewing it - the powers that be saw this as a very weak effort. I'm troubled by what passes for a Christmas movie these days. The bar is so low. Apparently, all you need is some attractive actors, a Christmas tree and a happy ending and your OK. The modern Christmas movie is like porn for the sentimental. I'll just address two ways "Christmas at Pemberley Manor" fails. The movie is about a Christmas festival in a small town. It's a big deal - the whole town comes. There are a few scenes when everyone at the festival gathers round for a song or a reading of a poem. The camera pans over the massive crowd - of about 20. It is difficult to believe that Christmas has been saved for an entire town when 20 show up. I guess the budget could afford no more. Just sad production. A more fundamental failure is the writing. We meet the protagonists early on. He is a handsome billionaire workaholic who has returned to the home of his childhood Christmases, to spend the holidays alone. She is the perky event planner in charge of the Christmas festival. Now, anyone who has seen more than two Christmas movies knows they are going to be in love by the time it ends. Romantic comedies (and their Christmas variant) have this in common. We all know where we are going to end up. The task for all involved is to make the journey interesting. What is required to make the story funny, memorable or even watchable are some obstacles in the road, on the way to getting to the end. The obstacles to the inevitable romantic ending in "Christmas at Pemberley Manor" are so slight as to be absent. They are like 20-year-old speed bumps in a parking lot - you no longer even notice they are there. Every story requires, in some manner, the resolution of conflict. Effectively, "Christmas at Pemberley Manor" has no conflict. Atrocious writing. All of the ingredients were available to make "Christmas at Pemberley Manor" a decent effort. The finished work says nobody really tried.
Such possibilities wasted in this TV movie. They had: a great setting in the manor and grounds, almost real looking snow, a nod to Jane Austen, and Christmas. What could go wrong? The leaden performance by the lead actors was the major problem. Lowndes can barely raise an emotion with credibility and the valley girl inflections are unbearable to listen to. She never was able to relax in the role and make me care. And her shining moment, which is singing, was off key. Then, our "Mr. Darcy", Michael Rady, tries to bring a smoldering elegance but what you get is a monotonous and wooden affair. So, I never ever felt a spark between these two. The best couple in the show were the underlings, Travis and Jane. Charming couple who actually act and are believable together. They even have something in common (a desire to commitment in their work with little acknowledgement)! So, one star for the setting and one for the supporting actors. The rest? A complete bore by even the worst Hallmark Movie standards. Watched once. Never again. Unless the two good actors show up in something else (Maddie McCormick/Ben Estus), that is.
As far as Hallmark Christmas movies go, this was one of the worst ones I've seen yet from them. (A Princess for Christmas 2011 still takes the prize.) This movie had so much hype, being the first of the new "Countdown to Christmas" season. As someone raised on the 1995 Pride & Prejudice (Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle), drooling over the grounds of Pemberley and the Pemberley mansion, when the camera showed this new "Pemberley Manor" it was as if someone tricked me with a poop flavored jelly bean. I was expecting something yummy, but was left betrayed and disappointed. The discouraging mirage continued. This movie lacked any chemistry. I like Michael Rady, and Jessica Lowndes is still growing on me, but together, they were unconvincing and awkward. Michael Rady should have talked to Colin Firth about how to be "Mr. Darcy." Overall, there was nothing Pride & Prejudice or Pemberley about this movie, it lacked chemistry, and was stupidly predictable.
I love Hallmark movies, but now they are really concerts and not movies. The music in the background is so loud and constant that you can hardly hear the actors speaking. Very distracting and annoying. You can't enjoy a movie if all you hear is loud music and have to strain to hear the dialogue. Every word should be heard clearly, not every note. Hallmark destroys their own movies. What a shame because I love them. And for Smithduke, most people agree with me that the background music is too loud and some use closed captioned. Look at the number of votes and other reviews that agree with the background music being too loud. It does affect the dialogue when the music is too loud. That is what "background" means. Look it up in the dictionary. Lastly, I do watch Hallmark movies and give many of them high ratings. There are some movies with low background music. Maybe you should not make false comments or tell me what to watch. Rude, opinionated person.