Thursday, December 15, 2016

"A Royal Winter" - a Hallmark Channel Winterfest Movie!


MOVIE REVIEW

Movie: A Royal Winter

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: January 14, 2017

*Please Note: The Winterfest movies will premiere at 9pm/8c.







CAST:

Merritt Patterson ... Maggie
Jack Donnelly ... Prince Adrian
Samantha Bond ... Queen Beatrice
Cian Barry ... Felix
Rhea Bailey ... Sarah
Ryan Ellsworth ... Henrik
Christopher Bowen ... Wickford
Richard Ashton ... Frederic
Andrew Pleavin ... Andre









PLOT:

via Hallmark: While on a last-minute European holiday, a young woman finds herself in the middle of a real-life fairy tale when a chance meeting with a handsome local leads to something more. However, things get complicated when she learns that the "local" is actually a prince who is about to be crowned King, and whose mother is dead-set against her royal son's romance with the tourist.


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35 comments:

  1. I watched her on the short lived Raven's Wood. She is very pretty!

    Misty

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Misty! I'm looking forward to this one, too... Loving the winter theme after Christmas!

      Blessings & Merry Christmas! Net

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  2. Yay! There's the royal movie! I Was missing it this year! Looking forward to it in January.

    Does anyone know if this is written by the Dobrofskys and/or Damians? Their royal movies have become somewhat of a staple for me. :-)

    Nice to see Samantha Bond again! She's one of my fave Moneypennys!

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    1. Great question, Rae. I looked it up. It is a Brad Krevoy Television Production and the teleplay was written by Ernie Barbarash. He also directed it. Hopefully, it will be a good addition to the others!

      I'm also looking forward to another royal movie!!!

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  3. Waaaaaaaaa....I'm not ready for Winterfest. I need more Rudolph and Charlie Brown and Hallmark Christmas...haha. I can't believe how fast our sleigh ride through Christmas Land has gone. Only a few more days left. But oh how wonderful it has been. Yipppeeeeee!!!!

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    1. I know just what you mean, Jim! I'm still holding on tight, too... Don't want this ride to end!!!

      You are so right... it has been wonderful! Time flies when you're having fun!!!

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  4. This movie looks good for the family to watch.

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  5. Does anyone have any idea if Maggie's coat was made for the movie or if it can be purchased? If purchased how would I go about finding out how to buy one just like it?

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    1. I'd also like to know where her coat is from!

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    1. I was also curious. It's possible it was just CGI for the external shots of the castle... but the movie was shot in Romania, which also has gorgeous scenery! I didn't find that castle around that area of Romania... unless I missed it :)

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    2. Some part of it was filmed in Sighisoara, Romania. The castle is CGI at least the one who appears in the scenes from Calpurnia (Sighisoara).

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    3. The exterior shots of the castle did look like CGI, especially during the scene where Merritt Patterson's character is seeing the castle for the first time. I think that the interior shots of the castle were filmed at Cotroceni Palace in Bucharest, Romania because according to IMDB, Bucharest was one of the filming locations. No matter where this movie was filmed, it was still a good movie. To me, the acting was the best part of it, as all of the actors' talents complimented the story.

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  7. WOW!!!!! First time I've seen both Merritt and Jack in a movie, but WOW!!!! They were AWESOME. This movie was so much fun to watch. They played their characters so well! I wish so see more of Merritt's and Jack's movies.

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  8. This was a charming movie! Absolutely adorable love story, simply adorable movie. It is one of my favorite Hallmarks; it's topping the list as one of the best!

    It was refreshing to see a "royal movie" not focus on how "wrong" the main girl is. Actually she was quite fitted. Yes, she does not know all the customs and she said somethings at a dinner party that were not fitting, but overall she didn't have to change who she is in order to fit in; she is fine the way she is. I loved that. There was not evil girlfriend of "intended" that added conflict; I found that very refreshing as well. There was love between mother and son. Maggie and the Prince were friends who enjoyed each other for who they really are; their romance was sweet and beautiful. They were adorable together. :)

    What a beautiful place this movie was filmed...the scenes are gorgeous, AND it's all wintry (a winter wonderland for Winterfest!). Definitely a winner!!

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  9. Another dud for me. The last half of the movie was him pouring out his heart to her wanting her to stay and her wanting to leave. I was very disappointed in Maggie as she seemed very fickle to me.

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  10. I agree on all the comments, actors did a nice job, typical no surprise ending but still a cute, nice, movie. I think a sequel would be great too. Picky point....I wish they had "Maggie" wear something else in a few scenes other than the button down sweaters and same slim jeans....cute short skirt or casual dress maybe....

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  11. Definitely would like a sequel for this!!

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  12. Wonderful movie. Anyone know when it might be available on dvd and where to purchase? Thanks.

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  13. Im not a big fan of Royal movies. The characters always seem stereotyped and I'm not convinced that's how they would act - but then what do I know?

    However Adrian was very down to earth and Maggie refreshing.

    Yes, all the "usual suspects" were there, interfering Queen mother, supercilious other woman of same nationality etc but the film mostly concentrated on how the the relationship between Maggie and Adrian progressed.

    My rewatch bundle is overflowing so I probably won't see this again but I did enjoy watching it and for me it is one of the better Hallmark Royal movies.

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  14. Love this movie! The expressions are perfect and they don't miss a beat. Im so glad I recorded this because I watch it everyday. I wish I could find out how to get the DVD :(

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  15. I absolutely love this movie. Truly wish Hallmark would make a sequel with the same actors/actresses.

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  16. I have long been aware of the Hallmark holiday movies but this year is the first I recorded them ALL and watched them all. Plus many from past years. This really is a singular genre all its own and the more I see the more I like. I love that these films give actors who are not familiar stars the opportunity to get the spotlight; the casting and direction is outstanding as are all the production aspects. The royal films are my favorites. They are basically all the same movie, but that is part of the fun. I note that Hallmark is doing a much better job of getting diversity in the casting; bravo!

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  17. Love this movie, which it was longer, SEQUEL, PLEASE

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  18. Love this movie. Recorded it so that I can watch it
    over and over. The characters were so likeable. Wish
    it was just a little bit longer. Hope it comes out is
    DVD soon.

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  19. I sincerely hope that the people who do the casting for
    the Hallmark movies recast Merritt Patterson and Jack
    Donnelly in another movie together. They were so good
    together.

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  20. Loved the movie. Would like to see a sequel. When will it be available to buy? Definitely agree that Merritt and Jack would do very well in another Hallmark movie. Great chemistry.

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  21. This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen on Hallmark.

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  22. i LOVED LOVED LOVED THE MOVIE. IT WAS GREAT TO SEE A LOVE STORY THAT IS NOT RATED X, AND IS HOW IT SHOULD BE GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER,

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  23. Loved the movie and the actors. I was surprised to see Jack Donnelly in the movie, because he is not very known besides his main part as Jason in Atlantis.

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  24. I would like to know where I can purchase the scarf
    that Merritt was using throughout the movie. I would
    like to see both Merritt and Jack in other Hallmark movies.

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  25. I am so glad to know that I am not the only person to have watched this lovely film many times! I have recorded it on my DVR, and each time I see it, I enjoy it even more than the last viewing! I love the gorgeous winter scenery, that beautiful castle, and the stars have great chemistry together! If Calpurnia were a real place, i'd be on my way there right now, to enjoy a wonderful winter holiday! Yes, I hope there is a sequel, and please have all of the original cast in the next movie! Thank you for "A Royal Winter."

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  26. This has to be the best movie I've ever watched, period! Casting Jack and Merritt together was perfection. I truly hope there is a sequel, with same cast. I'm so thankful I have a DVR and pray it doesn't crash. I really do hope it will become available on DVD. Hopefully all these requests for sequel will be the consideration it needs. Truly a refreshing family movie. I loved it. Kudos to writers, cast and casting.
    Sharon Tyson

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  27. Every time this movie has come on Hallmark, I've watched it because I hope to see a sequel be made with the original cast. It's a beautiful movie. Kudos to the acting, the writers and all involved. Please give us a sequel.

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  28. i have watched this movie very interesting.

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