Usually I do not see the new seasonal movies that air on Hallmark channel (or any "cable" network) until the following year when - and if they release to DVD. This year, this film was released in the U.K. and Canada, and was one I really wanted to see, it was my one "guilty pleasure" buy. Turns out I was really pleased at the results...
"A Princess for Christmas" (the American/Hallmark Channel title but A.K.A., "A Christmas Princess" or "Christmas at Castlebury Hall") revolves around a woman (Katie McGrath) who takes her niece and nephew to visit their British grandfather who just happens to be a duke. During their stay, Jules learns to let go of the past and forgive the man who rejected his son for marrying a commoner and there is, of course, a fairy-tale ending.
O.K., it's confession time: I absolutely adored this movie. For practical reasons, I can't say it was because this is a sweeping epic based off a true story or because it has a beautiful spiritual bent, but because there is a fairy-tale quality that I couldn't help but love. To be honest, the movie starts out a bit rocky but... I thought the ending was adorable and I liked how the characters interacted - including the servants with Jules and the kids. In that way, this movie actually reminded me (albeit very loosely) of "Downton Abbey." This is definitely one of my most loved Christmas films from 2011 - I am so glad I was able to see it; A Princess for Christmas is just another charming `hallmark' of why this channel is oh-so-popular.
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