A disastrous meet-cute, a freak accident, non permanent amnesia, and Christmas — these are the traits of the common Hallmark Christmas traditional. Still, Hallmark would not have the one and solely Lindsay Lohan in its arsenal. Netflix has that pleasure. Lohan has had a tough life since turning into a bona fide celebrity. Her star energy has endured regardless of her private troubles, and her expertise is unwavering as her filmography proves she is a star. Her finest efforts may be present in comedies, thus making Falling For Christmas the right car for a comeback narrative.
Falling for Christmas follows spoiled, egocentric heiress Sierra Belmont (Lohan), who loses her reminiscence after a freak accident on the slopes along with her boyfriend, Tad Fairchild (George Young). A sort single father, Jake Russell (Glee alum Chord Overstreet), who runs a family-owned ski lodge, finds her and helps her out. This serendipitous union won’t solely deliver them collectively, however will probably be Sierra’s saving grace.
At the center of it, Falling For Christmas is innocuous. It is much less entertaining than Netflix’s different makes an attempt, nevertheless it is not an entire wash. The film has enjoyable with its callbacks to Lohan’s earlier work, reminiscent of Just My Luck and Mean Girls. However, it doesn’t do something spectacular with Lohan. It additionally takes an odd detour following Sierra’s boyfriend’s foolish shenanigans, which takes time away from Sierra’s ordeal and her relationship with Jake. It is effective time misplaced that might have gone in direction of Sierra’s amnesia and her makes an attempt at being “regular,” since she is unaware that her life as an heiress has made her ill-equipped to deal with a myriad of duties. The core relationship additionally suffers as a consequence of a scarcity of growth. Chord Overstreet is woefully miscast as a romantic accomplice for Lohan, however that might have been mitigated with higher writing and time spent build up his character.
Hallmark has constructed an empire of films like this — overly sentimental Christmas fare with romantic pairings that burn as scorching because the lukewarm milk omitted for Santa. However, followers of those films aren’t returning for high quality storytelling and tolerable performing. They return for the coziness, the informal sweetness that can all the time get one in the proper temper, however there’s little or no about Falling for Christmas that’s magical. The script is rigid, but efficient in its try and weave an endearing story of a egocentric heiress regaining her humanity. The performances and directing are stiff at instances and awkward in others. The film doesn’t put a lot effort into drawing in its viewers as a result of they’re already there, keen to observe the return of Lindsay Lohan.
Falling For Christmas strikes very related chords, and would not stray from the very crushed path. Its familiarity is sort of smothering, leaving Lohan, who’s able to a lot extra, left to know at air. Her efforts are admirable, and her expertise is plain, however she is usually left alone to hold the viewers’s curiosity and a focus. Lohan’s ability and expertise are too large for such an unambitious challenge. However, Overstreet is greater than able to match the film’s power.