A Fabled Holiday (2022 Hallmark)


A Fabled Holiday (2022 Hallmark)

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Cast: Brooke D’Orsay, Ryan Paevey

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Synopsis (via Hallmark)

Talia and her childhood best friend, Anderson, unexpectedly reunite in a curiously familiar-looking town full of Christmas spirit that restores its visitors when they need it most.

Recap/Wine Thoughts

The movie starts with an old-fashioned fairy tale book that a father reads to his daughter, Talia. It is called A Wunderbrook, something or other. When he gives her the book a chime plays. Her dad tells her that as long as she follows her dreams and heart, she can never fail. Talia reads the book with her neighbor friend, Anderson. The father laughs as the kids read the book and talk about what they’d like to be when they grow up. Anderson wants to be a doctor, and Talia, a writer. (It is clear the dad is sick and probs gonna die.)

Three months later, he dead! Talia and her mom have to move away and will be renting out the house. Anderson gives Talia a journal before she goes and encourages her to write. She gives him a copy of the Wonderbook, and they hug goodbye. 

Grownup Talia owns her own bookstore and reads to kids. Her friend Slone is a writer, unlike Talia, who continues to shop around her manuscripts. 

Grownup Anderson is a surgeon like he wanted, but maybe a bad one? He loses someone on the table. 

Then we see a random married couple. Keith and Diane, who are contemplating a divorce, 

And finally, an older widower named Charles talks to a photo of his wife. 

Anderson comes to Talia’s bookstore, and they are surprised to see one another. They exchange numbers and promise to meet up for coffee. Talia goes home and rummages through some old boxes. She calls her friend to gush about the reconnection but is surprised when she accidentally dials The Gingerbread Inn. They offer Talia a Dulux suite. Talia declines the offer. Once Talia realizes she will be home alone for a holiday, she decides to go. 

At the Gingerbread Inn, Talia is greeted with a gift basket. She is surprised when Anderson shows up next, as well as the random couple and widower. Judy, the inn owner, shows them around with her husband, Jake. There is also a rambunctious redhead daughter named Izzy. They learn about Wunder Week. 

Meanwhile, Charles finds a local bar and seems into the bartender, Mildred’s no-nonsense attitude. They are both over the holidays. 

Diane and Keith do not spend time together but meet as trivia rivals. They have a natural competitive spirit that has turned them against one another. They continue to bicker and ruin the fun Christmas activities that Izzy and Judy have planned for the guests. 

Mayor Miles invites everyone to Storyhour, where he has everyone tell a joint story together. it inspires Talia to write in a journal that magically shows up by her bedside. 

Anderson’s car is fixed, and even though he can leave, he decides to say with Talia for the holidays. They go for strolls in trees wrapped in white fabric and talk about Anderson’s job and the fact that he hates kale. 

Randomly Charles plays Santa at a local store as a last min favor. Talia and Anderson help him as his elves. 

After talking, all the guests realize they have one thing in common. They loved (or at least remembered) the Wunderbook.

Have I mentioned that the town has no wifi or cell service? So, a lot of tactical projects happen. Gingerbread houses, stitching stockings, and so on. 

The magic of Wunderbrook starts to take effect on the visitors. The couple on the rocks mend their relationship. The old man and old lady start to fall in love, and the same goes for Talia and Anderson.

Anderson shares that he lost a patient and that this hit him differently. Talia reasons with him and encourages him. Talia promises not to tell anyone.

In the town square, everyone is having a nice time dancing. Talia starts to freak out about the chime that plays. She tells everyone that they are trapped in the book and that Anderson lost a patient. The stress causes the old man to go into cardiac arrest, and Anderson saves him.

The inn owners sit Anderson down and tell him that Talia is right; they are living in the town in the book. He is excited to tell Talia but can’t because this fake town has a lot of rules, and I’m getting tired of it.

It is the night of WONDER! A girl fake plays the violin while Irish jigging around in a flowy dress. Anderson apologizes to Talia at the event, and she is embarrassed she imagined they were trapped in a fake world. (Which they are!) He gives her an envelope of her old stories

“I AM a WRITER,” Talia cries, and then she makes an impassioned speech about not living in fear, and the bell chimes. (She also tells Anderson that she has feelings for him. The feelings are reciprocated.)

The old man asks the old lady to stay in Wunderbrook, and she accepts him. The townspeople admit that they are from the story and Talia gloats. Then she kisses Anderson.

One year later, Talia has revived the Wunderbrook series, and Anderson is outside of the hospital in his scrubs. 

Side Note

Not fairy tail Christmas, please no! 

Minority Report: None


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Christmas Trees represent the Christmas vibes. 

 I will use the following tags for those who want to know if they should watch or skip: Pour it Up (Would Recommend) or Put A Cork In It (Would Not Recommend). 

Overall rating

Christmas Feels: 🎄🎄 (2 Christmas Trees) 

Enjoyment Level: 🍷🍷 (2 glasses of wine.)

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