Love's Abiding Joy (2006)
Love's Abiding Joy (2006)
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as Missie LaHaye
as Willie LaHaye
as Mr. Taylorson
Critic Reviews for Love's Abiding Joy
The stop-and-start pacing indicates careful planning for the easy insertion of commercials. And few of the actors look entirely at home in the period setting.
The acting borders on melodrama and the movie obviously was edited for TV.
Although wholesome and simple in its storytelling, the central characters are on such a pedestal of virtue that it's impossible to relate to them in any way.
The movie, based on the novel by Janette Oke, shows how time and belief can help deal with tragedies. These solutions, however, when applied to the LaHayes' particular tragedy, make for a stagnantly morose plot.
Audience Reviews for Love's Abiding Joy
I thoroughly enjoy this series, but this was one of the weakest ones. Story weak. Acting weak....and to make matters worse, the DVD that I watched did not have the voices matching the mouth movements. Hate that...
Written and directed by Michael Landon Jr, or Michael Landon's son, not especially my favorite in this series of Christian films, it is filled with depressing scenes and has for a change a real villain, a town rich guy who likes to lend people money only to take their farms when hard times come and they can't pay back. Due to those hard times, a farm owner's wife stops being a teacher and he has to become a sheriff and forced to do the will of the wealthy family in the town. One of a series of westerns, or more appropriately, just plain old melodramas set in the latter 1800's in the plains states most probably. Some are set in the midwest, Sikeston Missouri to be exact. Like the Little House TV series made by his father Michael Landon, this Love Comes Softly series was made by his son, junior. It has much the same tone as the Little House television show, making much of interelationships in hard times. Not a bad film and worth watching at least once. Not a curse word in the entire script, just a slow, methodical march to the end. Approx. run time 87 min Genre Christian drama Written by Michael Landon Jr. (Michael Landon's son) Douglas Lloyd McIntosh Bridget Terry Janette Oke Directed by Michael Landon Jr. Produced by Brian Gordon Erik Oslon Starring Erin Cottrell Frank McRae Drew Tyler Bell Mae Whitman William Morgan Sheppard Editing by Colleen Halsey Music by Kevin Kiner
All of the Janette Oke?s filmed stories, most of which are directed by Michael Landon Jr., suffer from extremely poor period detail, the inaccuracies glaring and distracting. The art direction is among the worst I have ever seen. They also have overdone make-up, an overbearing and intrusive score and amateurish acting. The stories are just too unprofessional to work on any level. They look low budget and the screenplay is laughably poor at times.
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