'A Dickens of a Holiday!' Review: A charming, romantic watch about home and family

'A Dickens of a Holiday!' Review: A charming, romantic watch about home and family
Kristoffer Polaha, Brooke D'Orsay in 'A Dickens of a Holiday!(Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Allister Foster)

Hallmark's newest Countdown to Christmas movie 'A Dickens of a Holiday!' is here for all you romantics to indulge in for the festive season and get your holiday watch on! The movie stars familiar Hallmark faces Brooke D'Orsay and Kristoffer Polaha in the lead as they take on new characters.

The Hallmark synopsis reads, "To make the 100th anniversary of her hometown’s Victorian festival a success, Cassie invites Jake, an action movie star and former high school classmate, to play Scrooge in 'A Christmas Carol'." Read on to know what we thought of the newest Christmas romance.


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The movie begins as Cassie Pruitt faces the dilemma of losing the actor who was to play Scrooge in the town's 100th Dickens Days festival play of 'A Christmas Carol' with the mayor demanding that Jake Dorsey, the A-list action star hailing from their town of Dickens fill in for the part. Circumstances lead him to actually show up for the role which is where our tale gets into it. The original actor getting laryngitis got him here but will he make good on his part?

Brooke D'Orsay in 'A Dickens of a Holiday!'(Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Allister Foster

The Hallmark flick is filled with the ever so wonderful sight of Christmas which without a doubt will get your mood to a happy, relaxed one. As Jake, the star who is haughty at work loosens up in his hometown you can feel Cassie working her magic as a director and perfectly drawing out his inner emotions with which he was struggling. Kristoffer Polaha is quite charming all throughout with his deep voice drawing you in, while Brooke D'Orsay brings to the table a very easy sort of warmth to her performance. Club them together and we've got some great, flirty yet toasty chemistry between the two that will have you waiting for the happy ending you know is about to come. As the two share a cup of hot chocolate it's not just the warmth that gets them closer but also when they open up to each other, which had us swooning at the developing romance. An important theme throughout is the specialty of home and family, that nothing can come close to despite how rich or famous you get as Jake finds out when he comes home after years. The mending of his fractured relationship with his brother after they bond again was very heartwarming as we later found out how Jake truly felt.

Kristoffer Polaha in 'A Dickens of a Holiday!'(2021 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Hugh Tull)

Filled with lilting music, a charming romance, and the warmth of family and home, 'A Dickens of a Holiday!' is a great watch that'll give you a serotonin boost. Watch it with a lover or a loved one, and you're set for a night of coziness and Christmas magic. 

'A Dickens of a Holiday!' is available to watch on the Hallmark channel.

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