I just watched The Will (on Passionflix)!! A book written by one of my favorites, Kristen Ashley turned into a real life movie, it was the perfect way to start a lazy Sunday morning. My favorite coffee ever (Cinnamon Twist by Angelinos) and a sweet Hallmark-ish/Lifetime-ish movie but with SUPER-STEAM!! OMG THAT LOCKER ROOM SCENE. That was intense.
You get what I’m hinting at. 😉
P.S. The kicker (and what sets the tone for the movie as a whole, is that her grandmother pretty much willed everything to her… BUT ALSO!!!! Her grandmother willed HER to HIM – a strip club owner). GASP!!!!! And they don’t even know each other. Good times!! LOL! 😂
P.P.S. He’s a fighter (and secretly kind of well known in his own right). And that whole fight scene was INTENSE!!!
I already knew I loved this book a few years ago, so me watching it now was comforting. Like going home again and seeing old friends and family and knowing I’ll be safe in the end. And what I love about these is that I recognize my favorite scenes from the book. Done just right.
Jennifer: Watching this next !!!!!
Kathy: …Some of the acting is a bit cheesy but still fun to watch…
Rachel: I got it simply for The Will. I’m obsessed with Kristen Ashley though literally just got her latest release in the mail and it’s signed today. I have enjoyed some of the movies though. Not the best acting but fun to see them come to life.
Kathe: The Will was an absolutely a wonderful book adaptation and the casting was perfect.
And yes, I know the “pacing” is somewhat slow in regards to the acting. There’s something… almost languishing about the movies I’ve watched so far (only 2).
I dunno if it’s the music playing in the background, or the conversations, or the mood of the story as a whole (at least movie wise). But I can’t really say if it’s the actors, so much, because I got a kick out of them. They were true to Kristen Ashley’s book characters (“looks”, banter, entourage and friends – the angry teen daughter that warms up… eventually 😉 And of course, emotional moments). Not Oscar-worthy, but still entertaining if you enjoy these kinds of sweet, home-feel movies. And of course, if you enjoy Kristen Ashley’s brand of contemporary romance.
I laughed at the quirky fun scenes with his kids, I felt that chemistry pretty hard between these two gorgeous people. And I felt badly along with the heroine when she was thrown a few curveballs (one being by the man she was deeply in love with for years… ugh THAT GUY!!!! And of course, the twist about her grandmother and the letters). And well… the villains were annoying and without any real depth (I’d almost say those were the worst actors – but even in the book, they were right along the same lines).
That said I wasn’t watching this to be angry. I was watching it for the sweet love story. 😉
Denise: …I so want to find that town and go and visit … and Lavender House – wow – so beautiful. I loved the music scores too and wonder if Kristen Ashley had a hand in picking these as she is pretty into music I believe.
I also thought the story line of The Will translated well to screen. I loved that the female lead isn’t your typical 20 year old beauty model and the hero is a fighter (hot ) – while older she has a confidence about her that draws men to her and it’s done in such a way that you really believe it’s possible for that to happen. I think all of us need to be reminded of the power confidence has in making us more attractive to prospective partners and I think this movie/book sends that message loud and clear.
I agree with your review about the calibre of the actors but also felt that because the actors weren’t big names some of the ‘real’ moments felt more real to me – like when she walks out of The Circle and does a little stumble when she sees him standing at her car – I loved that! It looked so natural. When he hears about the new boyfriend his daughter has and that he has a motorbike and he does that head shake – family gold right there. And when she returns to the bleachers and tells him all about what transpired in the short time she was going to get cocoa and his reply made me laugh out loud. I felt like it truly captured one of the dynamics between men and women that makes us so different. I like seeing those real life moments in a movie.
So I gotta say I’m a fan of passionflix, The Will, Tosca Musk and team, and of course Kristen Ashley and like you I will be re-running this movie on a rainy day.
I really enjoyed it. Will it win awards? Nah… It’s not necessarily “riveting” but will I watch it again on days I just want something sweet and simple and all about friendship and love? You bet. In fact, I’m re-watching it as we speak! It just feels nice.
Rochelle Paige: I loved it, too! But I’m biased because I did a set visit and you can see me in the background in the stands during the football game scene.
Maryse: 😮 SO COOOOOL!!!!!!
Rochelle Paige: it was the BEST! The Will is one of my top 10 KA books, so it was incredible to be able to see the story come to life. Plus, it was super fun to fly to Boston and hang out in Salem when I wasn’t on set lol.
4 stars! Of course, this rating is on the “Hallmark-like” movie scale for me.
P.S. Here’s my Book Review of The Will by Kristen Ashley
P.P.S. Wondering what Passionflix is (you can watch it now on your TV!!) here’s a post I created about it: