Always on the search for those ever-elusive “so bad it’s great” films.
Hallmark’s “Winter Castle” is the first film of 2019 rolled out by the channel.
Every week, as part of Winterfest, Hallmark will air a brand new romantic movie. Winter Castle is the first of the year where Jenny (Emilie Ullerup) has the burden of being her sister’s Maid of Honor for a winter destination wedding.
Where? Hawaii? Nope! The “ice hotel.”
Let me back up just a moment to give you more context. Jenny is a successful fairy tale editor, but she wants to be a fairy tale writer. She pitches a great idea to her boss, who loves it but kicks the story to the writers.
Also, Jenny is probably, like, 27 years old. Her engaged younger sister (23ish?) has finally set a wedding date.
The wedding is in less than four weeks, and in an international ice hotel (even though we’re never told WHERE). They arrive to the winter “castle” which looks more like a series of icy FEMA tents.
Jenny decides that she will also write a new original fairy tale story about a, you guessed it, ice hotel! Two birds, one stone. Jenny meets a sexy single widower, Craig (Kevin McGarry), who also happens to be the Best Man for the groom! This also turns out to be the exact man Jenny’s younger sister was hoping to set Jenny up with. The only problem is Craig has already brought a woman as his plus one, oh no!
Jenny and Craig bond because Craig is terrible at telling fairy tales to his daughter. He just gives up after ten seconds. Luckily Jenny saves the day by swooping in and telling an original fairy tale. She swoops in, and tells a much better twenty-second fairy tale, but ALSO gives up, because she can’t figure out an ending. So she calls it a cliffhanger. Add another fifty unnecessary conflicts and you’ve got yourself “Winter Castle.”
By the end of the day, every single conflict is resolved. Jenny and Craig are in love and Sara ostensibly gets her new mom. Which Jenny is totally down for. The wedding is a success, and Jenny and Craig dance the night away.