Ghosts of Christmas Always Movie Review

We are wrapping up week 2 of Hallmark’s 2022 Countdown to Christmas, and I have to say, they ended this weekend with a bang! The cast of this movie is fantastic and the story is even better. This might be my favorite Hallmark Christmas movie of ALL TIME. Let’s jump into the “Ghosts of Christmas Always” movie review!

Katherine and Peter look at Roy and ARlene during a scene from "Ghosts of Christmas Always" movie

It’s the end of week 2 of Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas! We are finishing the week up with “Ghosts of Christmas Always” and let me tell you, it does not disappoint. At ALL. The actors in this movie are fantastic, both in the lead and supporting roles. The story is wonderful. The scenery is awesome. It’s pure magic. Let’s dive into the “Ghosts of Christmas Always” movie review!

Kim Matula looks off camera while Ian Harding watches her during a scene from "Ghosts of Christmas Always" movie

My Review:

I’m just going to tell you right now, if you haven’t seen this movie yet, stop what you are doing and go watch it right now. It’s THAT good. There is no point at all putting off saying this — I ADORED THIS MOVIE!

Plot

Katherine, Roy, and Arlene are the ghost of Christmas present, future, and past. They “Scrooge” people on December 23 and get them back on track just in time for Christmas. The movie begins as Katherine and company finish “Scrooging” the singer, Susan Kraine. They are in Katherine’s hometown of Hartford, Connecticut, so she takes a little extra time to walk around and reminisce. While she’s doing that, she runs into Peter Baron, who shouldn’t be able to see her… only he can.

The next Christmas, Katherine, Roy, and Arlene get their new “Scrooging” assignment and it’s none other than… you guessed it… Peter Baron. They help him realize that he doesn’t want to work for his dad’s company and they report back early. Only then do they find out, they were given the wrong Baron and Peter’s dad, Robert Baron, is actually who they were supposed to “Scrooge.”

The trio goes back to Hartford to finish the job and with Peter’s help and what follows is a wonderful, funny, romantic, eventful storyline that makes this movie pure magic. It’s only at the end that Katherine finally realizes she has been the “assignment” all along and she must decide if she’s ready to go into the “Great Unknown” and follow her destiny… which leads her to Peter.

Actors

The two lead actors in this movie are FANTASTIC. Ian Harding and Kim Matula have insane chemistry onscreen and are an absolute delight to watch. The supporting actors and actresses are just as good and each actor lends a very specific quality and element to the movie. And also… they are all just beyond delightful. My favorite was definitely grouchy Arlene. Or maybe future ghost Roy. I loved Charlie the director of assignments. It’s too hard to choose!

The Bottom Line

This movie is an absolute delight and I think it’s the best Hallmark Christmas movie I’ve ever seen. Not just this season’s best, it’s the best I’ve ever seen. It’s wonderful. Let me know what you think once you’ve seen it! It’s my number one on the list for this year by a mile so far!

“Ghosts of Christmas Always” – The Deck The Hallmark Podcast Movie Review

What did The Deck The Hallmark guys think? You can listen or watch, whichever you like!

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Hot Takes!

Here’s a quick look at what the Deck The Hallmark Podcast Fellas thought about his movie:

  • Bran – “This is the greatest Hallmark Christmas movie of all time. It is a marvel to behold. This movie is just an absolute delight.”
  • Brian – “This movie drew me in right away and I was on board immediately. I loved this cast. Regardless of who was on the screen, I was psyched to be watching them. I loved this movie.
  • Dan – “I was transported, transfixed in a world with amazing dialogue, whipsmart comedy, and world-building. There was a cast of characters who are as good as it gets. I was taken away from Hallmark into a world of true Christmas spirit. This is the best Christmas movie of the year — make no mistake.”

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Location, Location, Location

“Ghosts of Christmas Always” was set in Hartford, Connecticut and shockingly enough, actually was filmed in Hartford, too! Some scenes were filmed in the state capital and some scenes were filmed in West Hartford. The carousel is also real and is the Bushnell Park Carousel in Hartford.

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Movie Must Haves:

There were a couple of items in this movie that I just ADORED! I went online shopping until I found some items that were super similar, if not the exact same thing! So, if you had the same envy I did, here’s where you can find some of the great items seen in the movie!

This red wool coat is amazing! It would look great during the holidays, of course, but it would also be amazing the rest of the winter season, too!

I love the plaid scarf that Kim Matula is wearing in this scene with her red coat! The scarf looks perfect with the red jacket and would be a warm addition!

I’m not a hat person, but I loved the gray beret beanie hat that Kim Matula wore for this scene. This is not an exact match but it’s so pretty and fun!

Kim Matula’s red leather dress gloves are so pretty! And they look so great with her jacket in the movie. I loved them and immediately came on here to find them!

I love the offwhite turtleneck sweater Kim Matula wears in the movie! It’s so perfect for so many occasions because you can style it with the colors you have on!

The plaid wool coat Kim Matula wears is just gorgeous. I didn’t have any luck with the exact coat online, but this one is PRETTY darn close and it’s SOOOOO cute! It comes in other color combos, too!

These green pants are amazing! You could go with a hunter green or an olive green like these pants! They would look so festive for the holiday season and would be great year-round as well!

You can literally never go wrong with a classic pump shoe. They are timeless. And these olive green pumps are pretty close to the ones Kim Matula has on in the movie!

Fun Film Facts

The snow in this movie? It’s real! It happened to snow while they were filming in March in Connecticut, so there was no need for fake snow. I love it when that works out!!

Wrap-Up – “A Cozy Christmas Inn”

Ian Harding and Kim Matula walk back into the Rooty Tooty arm in arm during a scene from "Ghosts of Christmas Always" movie

We are already through two weeks of Hallmark’s 2022 Countdown to Christmas season. Truly, that’s hard to believe! This week certainly did not disappoint and I can hardly wait to see what’s coming next down the pike. In case you haven’t figured it out by now, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and would recommend it to anyone! It’s just wonderful from beginning to end! The only thing I’m sad about is that we just get one of these and that it won’t be back every single year. Let me know what you think once you’ve seen it! And until then, Happy Hallmarking!

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These movie reviews and any articles found on this site are my own and my own opinions. I am in no way affiliated or employed by The Hallmark Corporation, Crown Media, or The Deck The Hallmark Podcast. These opinions are my own and have no professional expertise involved. Any statements are simply opinions and advice.

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Christmas Books from the Deck The Hallmark Podcast:

Don’t forget, the Deck The Hallmark Podcast fellas have 2 books for sale!

“I’ll Be Home For Christmas Movies” has reviews of tons of Hallmark Christmas movies, along with entertaining ideas and recipes. I love mine and I look at it regularly. And also, this is a fantastic gift idea! Make sure you get your copy ordered in time for Christmas movie watching!

Dan and Bran wrote a children’s book! It’s called “When’s It Gonna Be Christmas Again” and it’s hot off the press just in time for the Christmas holiday season!

This is a fantastic story for kids and adults alike!

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