Due to a severe case of boredom, I’ve decided to give myself a project. After watching the first season of the TV show GOOD WITCH, and seeing it as a guilty pleasure, I’ve decided to catch myself up on the stories that lead up to the show and watch the TV movies:
- THE GOOD WITCH (2008)
- THE GOOD WITCH’S GARDEN (2009)
- THE GOOD WITCH’S GIFT (2010)
- THE GOOD WITCH’S FAMILY (2011)
- THE GOOD WITCH’S CHARM (2012)
- THE GOOD WITCH’S DESTINY (2013)
- and THE GOOD WITCH’S WONDER (2014)
There’s a lot of sap and schmaltz to get through, so let’s get under way, shall we?
Here’s the cast. Starring we have Catherine Bell (THE DO-OVER  and TV show ARMY WIVES [2007 – 2013]), Chris Potter (THE PACIFIER  and TV show X-MEN [1992 – 1997]), Hannah Endicott-Douglas (stuff I’ve never seen or heard of), Matthew Knight (SKINWALKERS ), and Catherine Disher (TV show X-MEN and video game RESIDENT EVIL 3: NEMESIS ). In support, we have Peter MacNeill (A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE , SIMON BIRCH , and the upcoming AN AUDIENCE OF CHAIRS ), Paula Boudreau (stuff I’ve never heard of or seen), Noah Cappe (stuff I’ve never seen or heard of), James McGowan (SUICIDE SQUAD ), and Jordan Todosey (stuff I’ve never seen or heard of).
Now for the crew. Directing, we have Craig Pryce, known for stuff I’ve never seen or heard of. Penning the screenplay is G. Ross Parker and Rod Spence, known for pretty much just the Good Witch movies. Composing the score is Jack Lenz, known for 34 episodes of GOOSEBUMPS (1995 – 1998). The cinematographer is John Berrie, known for stuff that I haven’t seen or heard of. Finally, the editor is Mark Sanders, known for stuff I’ve never seen or heard of.
This is my honest opinion of: THE GOOD WITCH’S GIFT
Cassie Nightingale (Catherine Bell) and Jake Russell (Chris Potter) are on the cusp of getting married. But complications start to arise. An ex-convict by the name of Leon Deeks (James McGowan), whom was put away by Jake ten years ago, is back in town seemingly to rebuild his relationship with his ex-wife and now-teen daughter, Jodi (Jordan Todosey), who happens to be good friends with Brandon (Matthew Knight). As Deeks is made Jake’s top priority in making sure that he doesn’t cause trouble, Cassie begins her usual subtle interferences.
Nearly forgot about this movie. I’ve been distracted by both new releases in theaters and I’ve been keeping myself busy with a marathon of all of the A Star is Born movies. Those will be scheduled for publishing in October before the release of the fifth remake, so keep an eye out for those when they get here, eh?
Anyway, it’s now been so long since I’ve seen this thing, it’s no longer that fresh in my memory, but I look back on it and I feel… hmm… nothing. I honestly don’t have any feelings for it. It… exists. It’s just more of the same from the first movie. Conflict… Cassie smiles… and Jake is overly suspicious of the convict.
I will say this. I acknowledge that the movie is trying to go darker… bit it fails to the point of, well, pointlessness. Basically, whatever darker tone it’s going for, it fails miserably because no character reacts in a darker fashion, if you don’t include Jake. When I say the movie is darker, it’s probably more accurate to say that it’s more ominous. Like, you have a convict who blames a cop for taking him away from his family for ten years. One’s immediate assumption is that it’s going to result in a shootout. That obviously doesn’t happen because, teehee, Hallmark Channel movie, but everyone’s expressions are so serious this time around. But of course, it’s all ruined by Cassie’s inability to frown, so the stakes don’t seem as high.
And not that melodrama isn’t a staple of this franchise, or really every product that Hallmark churns out for that matter, but it’s getting a little easier to make fun of certain aspects. Like, now George is feeling like he’s getting left out because his teenage grandkids have, you know, lives, and his son-in-law is about to get married to his new love of his life, so now he’s all depressed. And like a little kid, he thinks the answer is to run away from his family. Uh huh… shouldn’t old people be around the block a few times in their advanced ages? How is “running away” a solution to any problem? And for something so trivial like his reasons.
So, what, is this finally the one that I say is straight up “bad”?
Ugh, no. Well, so far, none of these are all that bad as they’re mostly harmless enough, but yes, there’s heart to this story. I really don’t care about spoilers for this, it’s a Hallmark movie, but it turns out that Deeks isn’t looking for the money just to run away filthy rich. He wants to convince his daughter to run away with him, and spun in a horridly different direction, that could easily sound creepy to the umpteenth freakin’ level. But it’s handled in a way that shows a level of humanity for a character that had one motivation at first, but has had some subtleties to his actions. Keep in mind, I use “subtleties” in the loosest of terms. I’m grading on a scale here. But… yeah, I’m just leaving it at that.
Also, so glad that there’s no more bullies. I was going to lose my mind if I had to watch a third movie in a row featuring bullies. I would heavily consider not watching any more if they showed up for the third time. But there’s four more of these things, so maybe I’ll be lucky and get disappointedly frustrated. Hopes and dreams; I’ve got ’em.
And Martha is still annoying beyond belief.
Overall, it’s already been too long. I didn’t care about this one any more than I’ve cared about the others. There’s still that signature charm that I can’t seem to shake, but it’s nothing special. On to the next one.
My honest rating for THE GOOD WITCH’S GIFT: 3/5