Love's Unending Legacy Reviews
The fifth one in the Hallmark's 'Love Comes Softly' movie series. Once again the story skips to a couple of years forward. I remembered last time I said the movie was better than what others thought about it, but this time it was not the same case. It was a little letdown, especially in the first half.
After losing the husband, Willie, in the line of duty, Missie and her son Mattie moves back to be near with her parents and to start afresh life. It is a changed town now, less opportunities and more competitive for everything. Missie decline's her parents offer to help her financially. The mother and son rent a small house and settles down with enough earnings to support themselves. Until one day an orphan girl joins them and changes the course of the narration in a new direction.
"I couldn't save Jenny... And you couldn't save Kathy.
But we can save Jacob."
The first three films were so good in the series, but I kind of feeling it beginning to decline as the rest of the movies followed, especially since the previous one. It was so wonderful to introduce some interesting characters, but did not capitalised with the fetchable scenes. In this, the second half was so much better than the first. The movie regained its strength because of what came forth. Otherwise, it would have been the worst in the series, but still it is like the least satisfying film by far.
Eliminating the character, Willie, was severely criticised from all the quarters, that mean the movie is not following the book as it should have been. I think being accurate to the book might have brought the justice. But I won't come to any conclusion comparing with both the format since I have not read the book. They might have thought changes could give a new look for those who have read the book, but seems the idea did not clinch well.
The two new characters and their quest were the highlight. Some of the issues it talked were inspired by the real ones. From the societal perspective that was a good thing. Kind of refreshes from the regular perspective of the storytelling like ranch, school, especially deaths. Yep, so far, the series had deaths in each film, but none in this one. There was one prior to this story commence, which was kind of told in a flashback or from recollecting the memory. Anyway, it was a passable product, like as always hoping to get better in the next.
Based on Janette Oke's saga and best selling novel, these films represent some of the most heart rendering, substantial films you could watch. Very similar to Little House on the Prarie episodes, but of no particular town or era. Without seeing the entire set of films it is very, very difficult to establish a chronology of all the families that these episodes represent.
Of one thing is true, these are Christian based films, but they do not harp and become so obvious that the viewer knows they are being lectured by the religious productions.
In this episode, about an hour and a half, Missy (the local teacher) falls in love with the local sherrif who helps her in so many ways. But Missy is a widow of her first love, a sheriff who died in the line of duty.
Now she finally is beginning to overcome her loss after two years, adopting a teenage girl against her better judgement.
She soon learns to love again after tremendous loss. The sheriff now in her life is a widower as well. They both exchange their stories at some point in the film.
This film is worth watching, and the cinematography of the farms and lands is briefly astounding. Otherwise, this is pretty much television land.
Pretty well acted by unknowns, at least to me anyway.
Approx. run time 84 min
Genre Christian drama
Written by Pamela Wallace
Directed by Mark Griffiths
Produced by Brian Gordon
Editing by Colleen Halsey
Music by Kevin Kiner
Original channel Hallmark Channel
i love all of these movies