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I enjoyed this movie even though it had flaws
I had a good time from beginning to end. The special effects were way over the top but they worked. What was disappointing was that the storyline and character development were pretty weak. The Danny Glover and Woody Harrelson roles were good, but not sufficiently integral to the story to make them worthwhile. A nice romantic scene is good in a movie but not when, with only minutes to save the day, the hero pauses to make out with his ex-wife. This occurred just minutes after she learned her boyfriend had been killed. The ending was kind of a letdown considering that all the heroics were just to save the world's billionaires. Overall, while enjoyable, 2012 is nowhere near as good as Independence Day by the same director.
Sadly, the whole Marple series with Geraldine McEwan is utter tripe. Every Christie story is mangled beyond recognition. Innocent characters in the books are guilty in the TV series and vice versa. Homosexual elements that never existed in the books are added in for no apparent reason (usually as the guilty party.) Marple is inserted into stories that never were Marple stories to begin with the worst example is when she replaced Tommy in a Tommy and Tuppence story. Finally, Geraldine McEwan is more like Margaret Rutherford's Marple, which Christie hated than the Marple of the books. The superb Joan Hickson version is so true to the original characters in the books, and so well done, it is unlikely it will ever be topped.
The whole series is a disappointment
1. Much as I like Geraldine McEwan, this series pales in comparison to the superlative series starring the late Joan Hickson. 2. McEwan is bouncy and interfering while Christie herself said the character is a frail old lady that makes soft but pithy comments. 3. The story lines are all changed from the originals for no apparent reason. It is as though the writers said "Let's change a perfectly good story to show that we are writers too." 4. The opening titles and theme music are awful. 5. The one good thing in the series is the use of guest stars that PBS viewers will recognize from other British series such as Joanna Lumley, David Walliams and Alan Davies.
The Christmas Wish (1998)
Definitely a feel-good movie
Although the stars of this movie are known for a lot of comedy, this is a very serious and heartwarming film.
Will Martin, (Neil Patrick Harris), is a young man rising up the corporate ladder in New York when he is called home to settle his recently deceased grandfather's estate. The grandfather owned a real estate business and now it belongs to Will. Will's parents were killed in an auto accident when he was a child and he was raised by his grandparents. Ruth, (Debbie Reynolds), is Will Martin's grandmother. Julia, (Alexandra Wilson), is a young divorcée with a son about 10 years old. Miss Enid Cook, (Beverly Archer of Mama's Family), is an accountant in the real estate company.
Ruth surprises Will with his grandfather's diary, which she only discovered after his death. It is mostly the mundane stuff of day to day life. The big surprise to Ruth and Will is the grandfather's frequent references to a mysterious female named Lillian. Will promises his grandmother that he will discover the truth about Lillian by Christmas Day. Both greatly loved the grandfather and give him the benefit of the doubt - up to a point. The nagging mystery is troubling. Will begins a search via old photos, old friends and employees of the real estate business. It leads Will to learn a lot about himself, as well as his grandfather.
The movie includes side plots of problems for the Alexandra Wilson and Beverly Archer characters.
No spoiler here. Trust that all mysteries are resolved to the satisfaction of all concerned, not least the viewer. The Christmas Wish has a pip ending. Some might consider it slightly schmaltzy. If so, it is very high quality schmaltz. I was engrossed from beginning to end. Get out your handkerchiefs.