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When Calls The Heart DVD Review

When Calls The Heart DVD

“When Calls the Heart” is strictly for Janette Oke fans.

“When Calls the Heart,”which is one of the newest film adaptations from the works of popular novelist Janette Oke, actually contains dual stories. The main story revolves around a young woman (Elizabeth) who is nervous about embarking on a new journey as a teacher in a town where she knows no one. The second story takes place in the form of a flashback as Elizabeth reads her Aunt’s diary. You see, Elizabeth’s Aunt had a story that mirrors her own as she was also a teacher who took a job in a small town where she struggled. Of course, this wouldn’t be a Jeanette Oke story if there were romance subplots so you can expect plenty of that as well.

If you’ve seen one film based on a Janette Oke book, you’ve seen them all. They are all sappy, well meaning, faith based stories with invaluable life lessons. In the case of ‘Heart,’ it tackles themes of fear, goals, family, love, and God and it does so in a very conventional way. Now, I’m all for films having profound messages, but there’s nothing remotely challenging about “When Calls the Heart.” Oke’s works have a tendency to stick to a formula that works for her and her fanbase, but for anyone else, it’s a bit of a bore to watch.

As far as the cast goes, it’s a bit of a mixed bag here. Poppy Drayton overacts to an extreme level here and seems out of her depth as the lead character Elizabeth. Maggie Grace, who has fallen on hard times since “Lost,” gives the film’s best performance as the Aunt character because she seems fairly believable in the role. Stephen Amell of “Arrow” fame is sadly rather robotic here as the character of Wynn (the Aunt’s love interest).


Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? It looks like a TV movie.

Audio Track: 5.1 Surround. How does it sound? Soft, but it’s not really an audio centric movie so this track is sufficient enough.

The only extras are Millennium Entertainment trailers.

Overall Thoughts: “When Calls the Heart” has a specific fanbase, but it’s not something I can recommend to anyone else. If you do happen to be a fan of this film and or book, it should be noted that there is now also a TV series based on this story as well.

March 28, 2014 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , ,

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