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‘As Luck Would Have It’ Review: This New Hallmark Irish Movie is Delightful

As Luck Would Have It is a comfy Hallmark romance with a perfect cast and gorgeous scenery!

AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT REVIEW

Allen Leech (Downton Abbey) and JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Sweet Magnolias) are such likable actors that they help make As Luck Would Have It one of the best Hallmark rom-coms I’ve seen in years.

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Photo: Allen Leech, JoAnna Garcia Swisher. Credit: ©2021 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Steffan Hill

The script is sweet but not too sweet, the setting idyllic, and the romance just right. It’s a delightful addition to the Hallmark movie canon that fans of the genre can watch again and again.

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Filmed on location in the Republic of Ireland with castles (notably the real Howth Castle), lush green scenery, and even the Cliffs of Moher, this Hallmark Irish movie will make you want to travel to Ireland and visit these beautiful locales.

If, like me, you’ve already traveled to Ireland in the past, it will leave you feeling nostalgic for a return holiday sooner rather than later. 

THE STORY

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Photo: Allen Leech, JoAnna Garcia Swisher. Credit: ©2021 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Steffan Hill

Lindsey Johnson travels to the Republic of Ireland to acquire land (with an old castle on it) that she believes would be perfect for her employers to build a resort. Unfortunately, she discovers the people aren’t open to the idea – especially the handsome, prickly local Brennan O’Brien. 

So, she decides to stay for the town’s annual matchmaking festival to get to know the people and win them over. Meanwhile, she begins to fall in love with Brennan. Cue the beginning of what will lead to the expected happily ever after.

What’s clever about the story’s setup is that there is an actual real Irish matchmaking festival. While it’s not as idyllic as the Hallmark version, it sounds like a whole lot of fun, and thousands of people from around the world attend the festival every year.

As far-fetched as it seems in the Hallmark movie, the added layer of truth to the festival makes the film all the more enjoyable.

THE ROMANCE

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Photo: Allen Leech, JoAnna Garcia Swisher Credit: ©2021 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Steffan Hill

JoAnna Garcia Swisher has a skillful charm helping bring out a somewhat thinly written character into a stylish and always fabulous multilayered character. 

The same goes for the consistently brilliant Allen Leech. As seen in Downton Abbey, he excels in romance – and feels at home in this light but delightful movie. 

Together, the two have an easy chemistry that works. And you’ll find yourself rooting for Lindsey and Brennan to get together by the end. It’s the kind of love story you hope for in real life – and that fairy tale angle mixed with the perfect Irish location makes this movie work despite any overused cliches. 

OVERALL THOUGHTS

Overall, if you enjoy Hallmark romance movies, love the actors (Downton Abbey fans should enjoy this quick treat of a film), or even rom-coms like Leap Year, you should give this movie a try. It will leave you all smiles by the end.

So, even if you don’t typically like the recent Hallmark movie romances, As Luck Would Have It may still be worth checking out.

HOW TO WATCH AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT

When is As Luck Would Have It on Hallmark? Now, this Hallmark movie premiered back in April, so you’ll have to double-check your local Hallmark listings. But currently, you can catch the film July 8, 2021, 6/5 c; August 3, 2021, 8/7 c; August 28, 2021, 8/7 c.  

Good news, though, if you miss it on TV, the DVD is set to release on September 7, 2021. So, you won’t have to wait long to watch! You can pre-order the DVD now

Content Note: TV-G

Did you watch As Luck Would Have It yet? What did you think of the Hallmark romantic comedy? Do you agree with our review? Let us know in the comments!

Four and a half corsets rating
Five Vintage Hearts Rating

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By on July 6th, 2021

About Amber Topping

Amber works as a blogger/writer full-time and fell in love with stories and imagination at an early age. She loved doing Shirley Temple impersonations and creating plays with her siblings. Amber did cheerleading, dance, wrote stories, and ultimately discovered her passion for writing and video editing. She has a Humanities and Film Degree from BYU, co-created The Silver Petticoat Review, contributed as a writer to various magazines, and has an MS in Publishing from Pace University, where she wrote her thesis on transmedia, Jane Austen, and the romance genre. Her ultimate dreams are to publish books, write and produce movies, travel around the world, and form a creative village of talented storytellers trying to change the world through art.

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