Friday, December 3, 2021

The Christmas Train Hallmark Movie Review

The Christmas Train
The Christmas Train is a wonderful star-studded Hallmark Hall of Fame Christmas movie.  The movie is based on the book by David Baldacci.  This movie originally aired in 2017, but I only recently discovered it on the Hallmark channel. 

During the holidays, I occasionally need a break from cooking, company, noise, and the annual chaos generated by a large family. Please understand, I wouldn't change a thing, but I do still need brief intermissions in the midst of our family multi-day holiday gatherings.  That is when I grab my iPad, seek out a quiet spot, and watch a Hallmark Christmas movie.  Works like a charm!  After the movie, I am refreshed, happy and ready to interact with real people again. 

I really needed a good movie to watch the day I happened upon The Christmas Train.  It turned out to be the perfect movie with a cast of fabulous actors who were all endearing for various reasons.  Every passenger on The Christmas Train had their own story and their own reasons for being on a train the week of Christmas.  From a film director, a writer seeking a new story, to the quirky, nosy woman who seemed to be overly interested in everyone, they all added value to the movie.  

 

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Tom Langdon (Dermot Mulroney) was the last person Eleanor (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) expected to encounter on the Christmas train and she was the last person he expected to see.  It is immediately obvious to everyone that they already know each other and that there is "history", and pain, between them.  

Max Powers (Danny Glover) is the film director who believes Tom and Eleanor should set aside the past and work together to write a new film for him.  They reluctantly agree to collaborate, only because Eleanor couldn't find another form of transportation.  

As Tom and Eleanor interact with the other passengers, tidbits of their past together are shared.  But what really makes this a fun ride, is the combination of the stories of the passengers and their willingness to befriend one another. 

We have all had an "Agnes" (Joan Cusack) in our life. The nosy "neighbor" who seems to know everything about everyone.  We learn a lot about each passenger thanks to Agnes making their business, her business, and then sharing it with others.  

There is also an eloping couple who become important to the story because both Eleanor and Tom must dredge up old memories in order to offer advice to this struggling couple.  Even Max gets involved with helping them find their way to the altar.  

There are several other passengers on the train who are important to the complete story.  I'll let you discover them for yourself! 

 



If you enjoy a sweet romantic movie, then you will love The Christmas Train starring Danny Glover, Joan Cusack, Dermot Mulroney, and Kimberly Williams-Paisley. 

After seeing the movie, I definitely want to read the book now!



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4 comments:

  1. Oh Cynthia, I think you and I are on the same track so to speak. I too stumbled upon the "Christmas Train" and was totally enchanted with the characters and the storyline. It surprised me how many "big" name actors were in this movie, but, the bottom line is that the movie was well done and the story very enjoyable. A really nice break from the hustle and bustle of this coming season! Thanks for putting this out here for everyone to see. I'm sure they will all enjoy it as well!

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  2. The Christmas Train movie sounds like the perfect 'pause' to take during a busy holiday season. I know I would enjoy this Christmas-themed Hallmaark movie.

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  3. I read the book by David Baldacci many years ago and loved it. I’m positive I will love this Hallmark Christmas Movie version just as much, especially with such a stellar cast! Thanks so much for letting me know about it in your excellent review. I’m looking forward to watching it with my husband, snuggled under a warm throw with some mugs of cocoa (from my low carb recipe for the Ultimate Hot Chocolate). 😊

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  4. This sounds a perfect film for relaxing with on a winters evening when you just want to "chill out" and take time out. I think hubby and I would really enjoy it. Thank you for introducing me to it with you great review.

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