Christmas movies are a staple of the holiday season, and there is no shortage of them on various streaming platforms and cable networks. However, not all of them are equally enjoyable or memorable. Some of them rely on clichéd tropes and predictable plots, while others offer something fresh and original. A Brush with Christmas, a Great American Family original movie, falls into the latter category. The movie is a charming and uplifting story that showcases the beauty and diversity of the local art scene, while also delivering a sweet and satisfying romance.
The movie centers on Charlotte, a talented but frustrated artist who works at her mother's restaurant in the town of Bayside. Charlotte dreams of making a name for herself in the art world, but she feels like she has no time or opportunity to pursue her passion. She also feels like her style is not unique or appealing enough to stand out from the crowd.
One day, she decides to throw away her latest painting, a colorful abstract piece that she is not happy with. However, unbeknownst to her, her painting is picked up by Wyatt, a visiting artist who is in town for the Christmas art festival. Wyatt is instantly captivated by the painting and its mysterious creator, and he decides to submit it to the festival under the name "Anonymous".
Meanwhile, Charlotte meets Wyatt at her mother's restaurant, where he is staying as a guest. She is unaware that he is the one who found her painting, and he does not reveal his identity either. They strike up a friendly conversation and soon discover that they have a lot in common. They both love art, and they both feel like outsiders in their respective fields. Wyatt is a successful but disillusioned photographer who is tired of taking commercial shots for magazines and ads. He longs for more artistic freedom and expression, and he hopes to find it in Bayside.
However, their budding romance is threatened by several obstacles and Charlotte's own insecurities and fears. Will Charlotte and Wyatt overcome these challenges and find their true happiness in art and love?
A Brush with Christmas is a delightful and refreshing movie that offers a different perspective on the holiday genre. The movie is not only a romance, but also a tribute to the art community and its diversity and creativity. The movie showcases various forms of art, such as painting, photography, sculpture, pottery, and even graffiti, and how they can enrich the lives of both the artists and the viewers. The movie also highlights the importance of supporting local artists and businesses, especially in times of crisis and uncertainty.
The movie also features a likable and relatable cast of characters, who are well-played by the actors. Jillian Murray and Joseph Cannata have great chemistry as Charlotte and Wyatt, and they convey their emotions and motivations convincingly.
The movie has some clichés and stereotypes that are common in the genre, such as the misunderstanding and conflict that arise near the end of the movie, or the exaggerated and caricatured portrayal of some of the other artists in the festival.
Despite these flaws, A Brush with Christmas is an enjoyable and heartwarming movie that will appeal to fans of romance and art. The movie also has a festive and cozy atmosphere, with beautiful scenery, costumes, and music. The movie is a perfect choice for a cozy night in, or a date night out, during the holiday season.
Final Score – [6/10]
Reviewed by - Arpita Mondal
Publisher at Midgard Times
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