Friday, October 7, 2011

Movie Review Friday: Mandie and the Forgotten Christmas

I was a big fan of the first two films in the Mandie movies series, Mandie and the Secret Tunnel and Mandie and the Cherokee Treasure. And when I learned that the third installment in the series was in production, I followed the progress on the production blog. Needless to say, I was excited to finally hear the news that Mandie and the Forgotten Christmas was available on DVD!

Now that it’s December of 1900 and Mandie is attending Miss Heathwood’s boarding school for girls with her friend Polly, she must learn the rules of higher society. But learning doesn’t come easy for Mandie, who, in trying to obey one rule, breaks another rule she forgot about. But when the boys from the boy’s boarding school visit the girls over breakfast, Mandie is given permission to visit the otherwise totally forbidden attic to collect the Christmas decorations. While there, her and her friends notice peculiar activity. Though she is specifically told never to return to the attic, Mandie steals the key from her supervisor and manages to sneakily return several times to explore this mysterious attic. Christmas decorations galore line the attic, but they are not allowed to be used. Several times she is caught while descending the attic stairs and punished, but what she finds is worth the risk to her. In the end of this happily-ever-after story, Mandie’s risk turns out to be worth it, as she is able to fulfill the long-time dream of a new friend.

The first thing I noticed about this film was the new lineup. Besides Polly, the entire cast is new, though you will be delighted by short appearances from Mandie’s mom Elizabeth, Aunt Lou, and Uncle Ned that appeared in the first two Mandie films. Even Mandie is new, but the viewers should quickly get used to her as she even uses the same familiar phrases and costumes from the first two films in this series. The film itself is shot in an entirely different setup, welcoming the viewer into a new season of Mandie’s life.

You’ll be captivated by Mandie and the Forgotten Christmas! The fascinating mystery behind the forbidden attic, Mandie’s stubbornness that often gets her into trouble, the introduction of new characters, and the Christmas atmosphere combine together to make an enjoyable film for the whole family! It’s not perfect, but definitely makes for a great third installment in the Mandie movies series, and a wonderful Christmas film to add to your collection!

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1 comment:

  1. I've really been wanting to see this movie, and your review makes me want to see it more! Great review Jay!


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