“Christmas Getaway” was released in 2017. It stars Bridget Regan, Travis Van Winkle, and Teryl Rothery.
To read my review click here. I want to warn you this blog entry contains spoilers.
This movie focuses on Emory Blake, a travel writer, who is booked in a cabin to write about Christmas. It also focuses on widower Scott Hays and his daughter Katy who are double-booked for the same cabin. They finally end up deciding to share the cabin until the weather clears up enough for Emory, and her older troublesome car, can safely go home. They are eventually joined by Scott’s mother Marilyn and a mother and son from Katy’s school. The mom clearly has eyes for Scott. As the movie goes on, Emory and Scott fall for each other.
What’s special about this movie? The main characters, Emory and Scott are both flawed and damaged from past hurt. Scott from losing his wife and Emory from losing the man she thought she’d marry. They both heal and learn to love again, with a little help and a push from Katy.
Scott and Katy are at the cabin at Katy’s request because she wants a Christmas like she had with her mom. This includes all sorts of fun Christmas traditions including building a snowman. Emory, who has pushed everyone to the outer part of her heart as she writes about life without living it, learns to live again. Katy’s love of Christmas rubs off on Emory.
I really love seeing characters evolve organically and move past pain that’s blocking them from living their full lives. When you get knocked down you get back up. It gives us hope that we can do the same. Hope is a big part of Christmas spirit and season.
Overall, it’s a movie about family, those we’re given and those we choose. It’s about seeing what you have and focusing on a better tomorrow instead of being stuck in yesterday and what you’re missing. It’s about living, dreaming, and hoping.
If you haven’t seen it, I hope you give it a try. If you have, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the movie. Happy Viewing!