February 7, 2015

pre-pre-movie monday: 'i do, i do, i do'

Blogger's Note: It's no secret I devote much of December to following the latest (and past-time favorite) Hallmark movies. So I was thrilled to learn the channel would count down to Valentine's Day with a new movie each weekend leading up to the holiday. Naturally, I couldn't resist watching, live-tweeting, and ultimately blogging about my take on each new flick.

I Do, I Do, I Do
Original air date: February 6
Starring Autumn Reeser, Shawn Roberts and Antonio Cuppo
An architect heads to the altar with her fiancé, unsure of her marriage and their future.  She relives her disastrous wedding day, put together by her fiance’s overbearing mother, over and over until, with the help of her fiancé’s brother, she begins to face her biggest fears and discover what she really wants in herself and in her life.
I came into this movie with a fairly bad attitude. A fan of Antonio Cuppo's performance in other Hallmark Channel movies, I had reservations about him playing the man our leading lady would ultimately realize she couldn't marry. So I went into this movie not planning to like Autumn Reeser's character, Jaclyn. It wasn't too hard at first. Totally uptight and opinionated on some things, but pretty spineless on others, I was worried this would be yet another movie where I didn't like the main character, because she was mean.

But after she goes through several instances of reliving the same day, she showed a lot of signs of softening. We learned more about her background, and it made her initial behavior make a lot more sense. That's something that has been missing from a few of the other more recent movies. The back story and the gradual and total shift in the lead's behavior.

And while it did my heart sad to see Antonio's character Peter have to go to the wayside (though, like in Bridal Wave, the story handled this pretty well, showing he wasn't an awful got, but just not matched well for her), I'll admit she found herself falling for someone pretty adorably deserving in the form of Peter's brother Max.

Here's the live-tweet (which I interestingly enough wasn't the only participating in given the lateness of my viewing).

So while I went into this movie with some reservations, and while I found myself pretty irritated with Jaclyn during the first half hour or 45 minutes, the last half was really solid, and I was satisfied with the resolution.

Did any of you catch I Do, I Do, I Do? What were your thoughts?

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