Movie Review: A Shoe Addict's Christmas (2018)

Synopsis: Once a talented and aspiring photographer, Noelle has been content working in human resources for a large department store since her boyfriend broke up with her three years earlier. As she helps the store plan a charity gala for the local fire department, Noelle is visited by her guardian angel, Charlie, who both shows Noelle what would have happened had she seized previous opportunities to change her life and seems determined to fix Noelle up with the firefighter that is helping with the gala plans.

Who's in it? The movie stars Candace Cameron Bure, Luke Macfarlane, Jean Smart, Tenika Davis and Vanessa Matsui.

Review: My wife and I ended up picking out this movie to watch solely because we thought the title sounded somewhat unique. I did, however, have some doubts about the movie, mostly because the description made it sound like yet another modernized version of A Christmas Carol. Fortunately, as it turns out, this was actually a halfway decent film.

To be honest, I haven't been a big fan of Candace Cameron Bure in previous movies I've watched but, in this case, she just seemed to be a great choice to play Noelle. I am also going to give Noelle's budding relationship with Jake (Macfarlane) a passing grade. There were times when it seemed a bit forced but, when taken in context with the overall movie, that actually worked out in the film's favor.

The thing I liked most about this movie was the mystery surrounding Charlie's (Smart) efforts to get Noelle and Jake together. At first, this seemed like an obvious thing - he was her true love. However, as the movie progressed and Noelle was shown glimpses of the life she was supposed to lead, he wasn't the man shown in her future. As a result, I didn't know if the angel-created visions were set in stone or if there would be some sort of surprise twist at the end.

I had mixed feelings about the ending. I did enjoy the way the movie revealed Charlie's last secret and brought clarity to everything. However, at the same time, I kind of feel like the secondary story involving Noelle and her dad (Dan Willmott) was left to fizzle out at the last second. She basically told him to get a drink at the bar and Noelle (and the movie) just forgets about him after that. It kind of seems like a waste to even include that story if you aren't going to even have her dad be there when she makes her life-changing decisions at the end.

Final Opinion: It wasn't what I was expecting it to be, and I mean that in a good way. Overall, it was a cute movie that my wife and I did find entertaining and I'd recommend it as a result.

My Grade: B


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