It is always a thrilling thing to discover a new book or movie, especially when you thought you knew everything there was to see or read. Such was my case with period drama. I had by no means seen all the period films that I wanted to, but I thought I knew of all the "good" ones, the only ones that would be worth my time.
Boy, was I ever wrong!
"Well, color me intrigued", I thought. Well, maybe not those exact words, but you get the idea. :) I felt obligated to watch the movie if I was going to use a picture from it on the header. So it wasn't long before I got it from the library. ("from the library" is a phrase you'll hear me say A LOT.) I saw that it was produced by Hallmark, and to be honest, that made me a bit skeptical. Perhaps this is unfounded prejudice, but I had always had the notion that Hallmark films were sweet, but a bit corny or cheesy, and made on a low budget.
This movie proved me wrong. Did it still have a simpler, happier plot? Yes, but in my mind it was a movie and story well-worth watching.
Well, over-explanatory introduction aside, here is my review of The Magic of Ordinary Days!
We first see Olivia, the main character, on a train headed for the middle of nowhere, Colorado. Her situation is an uncomfortable one: she is unmarried, and pregnant. Her father has sent her away to marry a farmer in need of a wife. What makes this so crazy is that she has never met him before! On top of this, Olivia somehow plans on getting back together with her soldier sweetheart when he comes home. (Don't know what she was thinking there. Does she not understand marriage?)
Olivia meets her husband, Ray Singleton on the same day they get married. An intense awkwardness ensues, from their first meeting to about two-thirds into the movie. And who could blame them?
Actually, I could. Ray actually loves Olivia and wants to make her happy, but her efforts to appreciate him and get used to being his wife are minimal and very gradual, to put it nicely.
Though the pace is slow, "Livy" and Ray have a lot to learn from each other. Livy learns how to cook and drive a car, and befriends some of Ray's farm hands, who are from Japanese internment camps. Ray, in his eager but quiet attempts to please Livy, digs her a swimming hole, takes her to the library, and even learns about her favorite subject, archaeology.
I wanted to put in a picture of the ending, but I'm not sure if that can be done in reviews. So I'll play it safe and not reveal the ending in case it's a blogging review faux-pas! Believe me, the ending is good and happy (could it be a Hallmark movie if it wasn't?), but not without plenty of problems along the way. Overall, I loved this film's developing love story, especially the unique setting of falling in love with a stranger to whom you are already married!
Some other things I loved about The Magic of Ordinary Days:
- The Hair and Costumes: Very well done! They fit the time era perfectly, but were not cookie-cutter, fill-in-the-blank 40's outfits. There were several really cute novelty print dresses and hats throughout. And of course Livy's lavender dress is gorgeous.
- Livy's sister's name is Abby. :)
- The Scenery: Really cool scenery that kept me engaged, even though the majority of the film was on Ray's farm. I liked how barren the farmyard and house seemed at first, and I could totally feel Livy's pain as she saw room after plain and undecorated room of the farmhouse. The town scenes were also really neat and well done.
- Certain scenes: I love how Livy loves history and archaeology. She finds an old dugout of Ray's grandparents, and she decorates the once-bare farmhouse with antiques from the basement. That scene makes me squeal for happiness. :)
Do you have any opinion of Hallmark movies in general?
Have you/are you planning to see The Magic of Ordinary Days?
Be honest: was this OK for my first review? What should I change or improve?