June 12, 2011

Sunday Matinée: Love Comes Softly

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Love Comes Softly
 
Director: Michael Landon Jr.
Writers: Cindy Kelley (teleplay), Michael Landon Jr. (teleplay) and Janette Oke (book)
Stars: Katherine Heigl, Dale Midkiff and Corbin Bernsen
 
Favorite Quote: “Sometimes love isn’t firecrackers. Sometimes love just comes softly.”

The first of a series of movies made for the Hallmark Channel based on the book series by Janette Oke and directed by Michael Landon Jr., Love Comes Softly is a story about two widowers that join together in a time of need. One of the best love stories that comes from the promise land of the west!

Marty and Aaron Claridge (Katherine Heigl and Oliver Macready) set out to start a new and wonderful life in the opportunity filled west making plans for a family and farm. Sadly this is short lived when tragedy strikes leaving Marty to face a bleak future on her own. Or what would have been bleak had Clark Davis (Dale Midkiff), a widower, not suggested a "marriage of convenience."

The two make a deal that if Marty can be a mother and show Clark's daughter, Missie (Skye McCole Bartusiak), how to be a child again, then in the spring Clark will help Marty get back home when the wagon train heads back east. At least that is the plan.

It takes some time for Missie to let her guard down around Marty, that the two just can’t get along. But once Marty realizes that Missie has yet to fully grieve for her loss, they realize they have more in common.

As the seasons pass we see more heartbreak happen for these people that they become closer and begin to feel like a real family. And with the end of winter comes spring’s thaw for the wagon train. It’s at this time Clark and Marty realize they have fallen in love. Which begs the question, with Marty stay or leave?
The first of a series of movies made for the Hallmark Channel based on the book series by Janette Oke and directed by Michael Landon Jr., Love Comes Softly is a story about two widowers that join together in a time of need. One of the best love stories that comes from the promise land of the west!

Marty and Aaron Claridge (Katherine Heigl and Oliver Macready) set out to start a new and wonderful life in the opportunity filled west making plans for a family and farm. Sadly this is short lived when tragedy strikes leaving Marty to face a bleak future on her own. Or what would have been bleak had Clark Davis (Dale Midkiff), a widower, not suggested a "marriage of convenience."

The two make a deal that if Marty can be a mother and show Clark's daughter, Missie (Skye McCole Bartusiak), how to be a child again, then in the spring Clark will help Marty get back home when the wagon train heads back east. At least that is the plan.

It takes some time for Missie to let her guard down around Marty, that the two just can’t get along. But once Marty realizes that Missie has yet to fully grieve for her loss, they realize they have more in common.

As the seasons pass we see more heartbreak happen for these people that they become closer and begin to feel like a real family. And with the end of winter comes spring’s thaw for the wagon train. It’s at this time Clark and Marty realize they have fallen in love. Which begs the question, with Marty stay or leave?
 
I absolutely love this movie and always try and catch the whole series when it is featured on the Hallmark Channel! I am also a fan of how this series looks at faith and religion. Now I will admit, God and I have our own relationship that is not what some people would consider “normal.” I am much more of going on a hike and looking at nature in a way of my worship, much like Clark. There is also the frustration and misunderstanding of why God allows misfortunate events to happen (something I have struggled with and still do to this day). I wouldn’t say it’s an overpowering part of the movie but is enough for me to “fall back in love” with God.
 
Besides the spirituality, there is also a great love story set in the pioneering days. These two people have suffered through one of the worst losses, decide to marry out of convenience and suffer through even more hardships along the way. I mean come on, this movie has no shortage on drama. I like to think of it as a “chick-stern” (I should trademark that haha).