THE PLOT THUS FAR
Based on a true story of hope and compassion, THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS will touch your heart and bring home the spirit of the holidays. Austin and Julie Locke are devastated when they learn that their young son, Dax, has been diagnosed with cancer. But with courage, determination and faith, they decide to give Dax a one last Christmas, even if it has to be in October. When the community sees the holiday decorations and learns the heartbreaking truth, what happens next is a miraculous outpouring of caring and support.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Heart of Christmas” is the latest in a long run of faith-based Holiday films that we seem to keep reviewing at the site. You would almost think that I was down with the Jesus to dig on this as much as I cover these releases. What I’ve come to take from these films is that they recycle the same four storylines with the same result. It’s either a story about someone facing a trouble marriage, terminal illness, pressure to identify with others or demands from family. In the end, they conform to what is demanded by their religion.
Candace Cameron Bure shows that she has stalled outside of “Full House”. She’s still pretty hot, even though I only hear D.J. Tanner when she talks. That being said, she’s nowhere near annoying as her brother. The rest of the cast is pretty forgettable, even though faux animated Superman shows up from time-to-time. Needless to say, Tim Daly is my Superman voice actor of choice. Oh! Was I supposed to talk about the film? Here goes. Pathetic kid is facing terminal illness, family rallies around him to force religious mantra…Kleenex tissues on standby.
The DVD comes with a music video. The transfer is pretty strong, but sports minor digital noise. The Dolby track has a full soundstage with no drop off, but almost no back channel support. That being said, it still plays better than I expected. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
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