The year is 2045. A young woman named Alex wakes up in a hospital bed after an accident that killed her parents and left her with severe injuries. She’s told she only has six months to live, but when she meets the man who saved her life, Dr. Julian, everything changes. They fall in love and he promises to save her by time traveling back to before the accident happened.
The will time travel ever be possible is a question that has been asked for years. Some believe it will never happen, while others believe it will happen in the near future.
The Hallmark Channel has established a reputation for itself by providing a consistent stream of programming. Everything is fairly similar across projects, from the appearance of their characters to the narrative, soundtrack, and visual palette. This degree of consistency, of course, evolves into a brand, and anybody who likes such a brand will know that they can have it whenever they want to feel that way. As a result, it’s rather endearing to watch the Hallmark recipe being tweaked, if only little, but yet staying loyal to itself. Love Strike Twice is the outcome, a delightful romantic comedy that, although imperfect, is entertaining.
Jeff Beesley directs Love Strikes Twice, which stars Katie Findlay and Wyatt Nash. Maggie is a successful lawyer who is having a lot of problems with her husband, Josh, in the film. A blow to the head transfers Maggie 15 years back in time, allowing her to repair her relationship. She will have a fresh opportunity to alter her life permanently there.
Let’s be clear: Love Strikes Twice doesn’t provide anything fresh. The film is only distinctive and unique inside the Hallmark bubble in which it was made, but there is nothing especially brilliantly done or performed outside of it. Despite this, the film stays entertaining throughout. But how do you do it? Katie Findlay is the most important element in this case. In every scene, the actress radiates charm, and she just has the qualities of a star, someone you can easily cheer for every step of the way. So, when the plot begins to unravel, it’s Findlay who pulls it all together and convinces you to give it another 10 minutes, and so on, until the film is completed.
The remainder of the cast does a good job, but no one stands out. Some of them may be considered poor performers, but given that this is a low-budget, hurried production, it’s acceptable that things aren’t as polished as they might be.
In any case. As a filmmaker, Jeff Beesley isn’t renowned for producing visual marvels. From the opening seconds of the film, you can sense the “TV look.” We’ve all seen that look, with its poor video recording texture and excessive lighting. Everything is present, exactly like it is in every other Hallmark movie.
After that, there’s the script. This is where we can see Hallmark attempting to be unique. It is undeniably an experiment, with mixed results, but the effort is laudable. That being said. When utilizing time travel as a set-up for a romantic comedy, it’s odd that the film spends the most of its running time establishing a court case over preserving an important historical structure rather than developing Maggie and Josh’s relationship.
The court case isn’t all that terrible; it really serves Maggie’s interests, allowing us to see how much she enjoys her work and how excellent she is at it. However, it puts Josh and their relationship in a limbo. It’s strange since it’s obvious that they work as a pair throughout this period, thus the root of their difficulties becomes something more deeper that the film never addresses.
While some of the humor is hit or miss, Findlay’s charm elevates the material and provides some enjoyable moments. It’s surprising that Findlay hasn’t been able to break through as a star outside of these kind of films. This is excellent work, but you can see and feel that she is entitled to so much more.
The way the script handles time travel also seems a little rushed. It’s more in the vein of Groundhog Day than Back to the Future, for example. There are even a few of sequences that attempt to portray the incident as a science fiction aspect, but it fails miserably. There’s a lot of amazing things going on. That’s not necessarily a negative thing, but it’s obvious that the authors were uncertain how to handle this aspect of the narrative.
Love Strikes Twice isn’t a genuine romantic comedy, but it spends virtually little time on the love subplot. However, due to Katie Findlay’s endearing portrayal, the film transforms into a pleasurable trip about self-acceptance and learning when to let go. And that’s a lot more than most Hallmark movies get to deal with.
Let’s hope Findlay can keep working and get to the upper levels where she deserves to be.
SCORE: 6 OUT OF 10
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