Well, it’s Hump Day! I know there are still a handful of you with children in school, or teacher jobs, but for the rest of you: how is your summer going? It’s definitely been an adjustment for us over here, but we’re…adjusting. 😉 And of course, we have something to look forward to. With summer comes our wonderful June Weddings that we all look forward to almost as much as the Christmas movies…almost. 😀
The first film this month, Wedding in Graceland, had no one from WCTH in it. So, by my own Hooked Heartie decree, it could not be reviewed. Well, My Boyfriend’s Back: Wedding March 5 (did you notice the title flip from the typical format?), MORE than compensated, because there are TONS of them! There are the obvious ones: Jack Wagner and Josie Bissett, of course! Then there are those who had played supporting characters: Cindy Busby, (Marliese, Carson’s vengeful sister-in-law, Annalise the wedding planner here); Lane Edwards, (the man who tipped off Jack about Rosemary’s kidnapping in S2, Lucas the groom here); and a gentleman who’s name I cannot find! He played Mr Besser the land owner in S3 of When Calls the Heart, and in Wedding March 5, he played the minister who married Lucas and Jen. And finally, we can’t forget those very crucial people BEHIND the camera: Jack Wagner joined the crew as an executive producer, as did Brad Krevoy, and Mike Rohl. And Mr. Rohl also directed; a beautiful job, by the way.
Let’s start with an aspect I am very fond of, but don’t usually get the chance to mention: the music! Music is often the unsung hero in a film, if you’ll pardon the pun! 🙂 If it’s not there, or done badly, it’s starkly obvious; but if it’s done well, it blends into the background, and becomes part of the feeling instead of standing out like a sore thumb. There were three moments I found the “soundtrack” most poignant:
1) When Annalise is driving to the inn, the lyrics “It’s time to go, I gotta hit the road” can be heard. I’d never heard of this song before this movie, but those words are so perfectly matched to that part of the film. Annalise is closing a chapter on her life, and opening a brand new one. And the upbeat rhythm has a very strong sense of freedom, a feeling I imagine Annalise is overcome with…until Brad shows up. But then it returns at the end when the floodgates of past emotions are finally unlatched, and swing open.
2) This one is fairly obvious, but I was waiting anxiously for it. Given the title, I wondered when the oldie “My Boyfriend’s Back” was going to show up. And it did! I almost giggled. Then the lyrics “He’s been gone for such a long time” backing up the longing look on Annalise’s face through the window while Brad struggles with the arch…ooh, I got chills.
3) My hopeless romantic side is going to shine through right now, so be forewarned. There are no snazzy lyrics or nostalgic feelings in the music when Brad and Annalise kiss, but it is so perfect. It starts out so subtly that I had to listen really closely for it. Then it grows in volume and complexity as emotions and confessions come forward; then “finally” (in Brads words), the score swells and soars when the two of them score that long-awaited kiss. In a word: Perfect!
While we’re on the subject, can we talk Brad and Annalise?! Tyler Hynes and Cindy Busby get a standing ovation for their performance! They hit it out of the park, since the characters met playing baseball. 😀 There are lots of movies that have the storyline of people reconnecting after a long absence, but not all actors can pull off the sense of history these two portrayed so seamlessly. Because no matter what the script says, words are meaningless without chemistry. And it needs to be the RIGHT kind of chemistry. These two just looked at each other, and the years fell away! Then they spoke, and you could cut the tension with that knife Brad’s been carrying around since his 21st birthday. Mick’s thoughtless words “Do you have any baggage…luggage?” are never more perfectly placed.
But that same history that caused the baggage, also created those beautiful coming-together moments. On the topic of speaking, one of the ways the chemistry worked so well was the line delivery. Tyler Hynes has a Robert Downey Jr-like knack for saying things so naturally, especially self-deprecating and palpably discomforting lines like “I’m going to go…be somewhere,” “Apologade: one sip, and you’ll forget you were ever mad at me,” or “I’ll return to my cozy little doghouse” – SO FUNNY! Perfect blend and success of creative writing paired with professional and natural delivery. And Cindy steps up to the plate, and does not back down. She brought her A-game to set, and played off of Tyler’s energy brilliantly; whether it was sarcastically or emotionally.
But THE best example is when Annalise is confessing her need to keep Brad in her life. Cindy’s emotional level jumps right through the screen, and Tyler doesn’t let any of it go to waste. They play off each other so well! And the characters! It’s the perfect coming together! I love that Brad doesn’t want one more second to pass before he says it plain as day that he loves her. This is one movie that I don’t mind it being a “one kiss wonder”. The build up and culmination of the feelings, the dialogue, and the off-screen past are folded beautifully together into one exquisite tapestry.
And speaking of history, we got a lot of it with Mick and Olivia, didn’t we? I don’t remember us getting that much information about their past in any other movie, except maybe the first one. I felt sorry for Duke, though, being caught in the middle of all their plans, and being dragged through the kitchen for Milky Milk Moon Bars. But I will say, if my husband ever went to THAT much trouble to recreate our first date, I think I’d probably pass out from shock, then burst into tears of joy for all his effort. Was that the sweetest??? Her reaction to the bars was my favorite bit. She tasted them, thought they were good, THEN recognizes them as a specific and special treat. Just one more example of the great thoroughness. I remember thinking, “PLEEEEASE let him propose! It’s the perfect moment!” Frankly, I don’t know why these two aren’t married already, but they were good enough to address that in the script. And then Mick acknowledges that very detail when he says, “It’s time.” So it looks like Mick and Olivia will finally pay a little more attention to themselves, and we might even get to see THEIR wedding!
There are two features about this movie that are my very favorite! One is the fact that there is no major crisis or drama that comes between the couples. There are situations that cause stress, yes, but they cause everyone to draw closer together, and work as a team to get them resolved. They bond more, instead of growing more distant, which is the way I love it to be. I especially liked watching Jen and Lucas being so happy, taking the changes thrown at them in stride, and keeping an easy-going attitude. To me, they seemed like the ideal, the example to emulate for Brad and Annalise. Luckily, they watched them, and listened to their hearts.
Number two is quite simple, and is summed up in one line in the show. It’s an epiphany Annalise realizes, and it helped me learn something about myself. “Never look at life like a chore.” That is what I’d like to end with. Day to day, we all tend to get bogged down, I know. And with the season over, we don’t have new episodes to look forward to, not in the same way. But I hope we can find the hope we need to stay cheerful, and enjoy the moments we’re given. Good night, all! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!