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Ice Sculpture Christmas (2015)
A Hallmark Channel Original Movie
Starring Rachel Boston, David Alpay, Brenda Strong
Ice Sculpture Christmas is part of Hallmark's 2015 Countdown to Christmas series that tells a story of a couple who have been waiting for the perfect time to be together.
Callie (Rachel Boston) has graduated from culinary school and is now working as a dishwasher, hoping that her presence in the kitchen of Chef Gloria (Brenda Song) means that one day she will rise up to her full potential. At her workplace, her paths cross with David (David Alpay), who is a Princeton business graduate and a son of a wealthy businessman. Callie and David have actually met before when they were children, but it seems like right now there could be something more between them than a friendly chat. When David signs Callie into an ice carving contest, the two start to work together and get familiar with each other.
Ice Sculpture Christmas is much like any other Hallmark movie - there is a quirky set up, a set of characters that are pretty much destined to be together and a collection of misunderstandings that keep that characters apart until the very end. Some Hallmark films take the misunderstandings and conflicts too far, whereas some don't emphasize them enough. Ice Sculpture Christmas fits into the second category. The "drama" is extremely forced and doesn't really make any sense, and it almost feels like the writers had wanted to come up with a straighforward love story, but where forced to put in something that would work against the potential lovers.
Rachel Boston was familiar to be from Holiday High School Reunion but David Alpay was a completely new face to me (he played someone called Atticus Shane on Vampire Diaries from fourth season onwards, but I never myself got that far with the show). Boston and Alpay are okay, but there really isn't that much chemistry between them. The supporting cast is okay - Brenda Strong, probably most known for her role in Desperate Housewives is arguably the most namely cast member of the film.
Ice Sculpture Christmas was bit of a disappointment for me. I was looking forward to it, because the promotion material showed, that it was a romantic drama focusing on characters who do not have children yet. It was alright, on Hallmark standards, but it was also one of those films I won't really remember tomorrow, as a result of which it will definitely not make my re-watch list for the holidays.