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Crown for Christmas – Festive Fairy Tale Hallmark Film with British Star Rupert Penry-Jones

Crown for Christmas

Crown for Christmas Review

If the state of my Microsoft Word “recent file” tab is anything to go by, it’s clear I watch and subsequently review a lot of TV Christmas movies this time of year. (Maybe even too many.) So far this year, my tradition continues with Crown for Christmas. As is the case with any of the new original films Hallmark airs, I have again fallen prey to my weakness that is Christmas movies. Last night’s Hallmark premiere, Crown for Christmas, is more than a little bit cute, primarily because a familiar British face shows up in the role of leading man – and he’s a king, no less!

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Life for the Evans family has never been easy. But this Christmas, life for them is going to get a little tougher. The eldest sister, Allie (Danica McKeller) loses her job as a maid following a quibble with her boss.

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Danica McKellar in “Crown for Christmas”

Fortunately for Allie, someone in need of a temporary employee overhears her dismissal. This prompts a job offer as a governess working for royalty. King Maximillian (Persuasion‘s Rupert Penry-Jones) is in need of yet another nanny to corral his somewhat difficult daughter, Theodora. Allie seems the ideal choice, at least to get Max through the holiday season. But the more Allie gets to know him and Theodora, the more comfortable she becomes in this life with a red-headed princess and her widowed father.

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As adorable as Crown for Christmas was, however, I do have to address a fault (or at least something that bothers me): the script’s short timeline. Ordinarily I wouldn’t be so nitpicky, but for some reason, the fact that this entire story takes place over a matter of days felt uncomfortable. I personally feel this adorable, contemporary fairy tale film could have been strengthened if there had been a longer space of time between Allie’s arrival and the eventual conclusion. True, this is a fairy tale and as such starts out reaching for the stars as is, however, selling the angst and character emotions would have been more believable had the timeline been altered just a little.

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Allie’s Cinderella entrance

With that out of the way, this new film is as smashing as any of its Hallmark peers. The Cinderella fairy tale storyline is something I never tire of whether it’s set in the contemporary or historical world. For the most part, the cast of Crown for Christmas is fantastic, and in particular, the young actress who plays the princess was delightful. This says nothing of the addition of British star Rupert Penry-Jones as the leading man. Seeing him in this will be great fun for those of you fellow period drama aficionados who will recognize Rupert as Wentworth from Persuasion and also the adaptation of The 39 Steps.

Even these many years later, one of my most favored TV Christmas movies (or one of them, for there are many) is A Princess for Christmas (starring Outlander’s Sam Heughan and Merlin’s Katie McGrath). This one doesn’t quite take its place but as with anything you sit down to watch this time of year, this is full of twinkle lights and fabulous holiday cheer. One thing I am sure of, no matter where this one falls in your personal rankings of Hallmark’s originals, this is sure to leave you with a smile.

Catch Crown for Christmas on the Hallmark Channel (it’s re-airing throughout the week) and find it exclusively on DVD at Walmart.com or Walmart stores.

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By on November 28th, 2015

About Rissi JC

Rissi is a self-diagnosed Bookaholic and TV fandom addict. She’s currently an avid blogger and reader who enjoys interacting with readers, and often dreams about finishing her first novel. When not writing or reading, she can be found working as an INSPYs advisory board member or contributing to e-zines. Her scribbles are housed on her blog Finding Wonderland (https://www.rissiwrites.com).

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8 thoughts on “Crown for Christmas – Festive Fairy Tale Hallmark Film with British Star Rupert Penry-Jones”

      • I agree with both of you! It was just too fun to see Rupert show up in one of these. When I first read his name in the cast, I figured it was a.) a mistake or b.) it wasn’t the guy I thought it was. Needless to say, it was and in spite of those flaws, the movie was cute. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it too, Autumn. 🙂 Have you seen it, Dixie-Ann?

  1. I have seen this movie too many times to mention – it is definitely one of my all time favorites! I absolutely adore this movie and its entire cast. My hope is that Hallmark does a sequel to this beautiful love story between Allie and Max. I did not have a problem with the short timeline because I do believe in love at first sight! I was not familiar with Rupert Penry-Jones until I saw this movie and am very impressed with his acting ability! So much so I have looked up a number of his works and even ordered a couple seasons of “Silk” (one of the shows in which he’s starred) on Amazon. I hope we get to see more movies/shows with Mr. Penry-Jones in the states because I think he is an AMAZING actor!


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