Here are some of the subtle clues and double-entendres that make Zachary very reminiscent of Superman: . Camera angle makes it appear like he has a cape floating about him when he's scrutinizing the paint on the wall. . When he unzips at the end, as he decidedly walks toward the camera. . He didn't lie. . Mistletoe is his kryptonite. . Certain otherworldly stares as the camera closes in on his eyes. . When he rushes to save Marilee from the shopping cart careening her way. . When Marilee tells him "you're a hero", referring to his being a fireman. . When he says: "I'm not at all what I seem." . When Sarah tells Marilee: "How many more clues do you need?" See more »
When the fire engine pulls out of the station in one of the opening scenes, it doesn't have any hose in its bed. See more »
This is a typical Hallmark Christmas romance movie, but more captivating than most. Of course, you know how everything will turn out, but the process depends upon how attractive and appealing the main characters are. Both leads in this film, Brandon Routh as fireman Zachary Stone and Kimberly Sustad as veterinary student Marilee White, are A-one. They are both instantly likable (in Miss Sustad's case exceedingly lovable) and romance lovers will immediately be rooting for them and intrigued by how they will get together.
OK, this may be enough, but then throw in the animal characters, and those who are pet owners or who love animals will find the two cats adorable. And the pets are not there just for their attraction, but they play essential roles in the plot. So what we have is indeed a warm and fuzzy (pun intentional) love story that is just fun to sit back and enjoy without expecting anything more than that--it is enough.
My wife and I enjoyed the movie so much that we purchased a copy of the short novel by Sheila Roberts that it is based upon. The plot of the book has some major differences, but the adaptation for the screenplay was very well done and was true to the overall effect of the novel.
I would love to see Kimberly Sustad featured in more Hallmark movies. She is such a talented and endearing actress, with a different kind of beauty all her own--a unique look that is far more interesting than that of the cookie-cutter Miss America types.
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