“It Was Always You” aired February 27, 2021 on Hallmark Channel as part of the Love Ever After movies. It starred Hallstars Erin Krakow as Elizabeth and Tyler Hynes as David in what I hope is not their only pairing. It was also a nice surprise to have Giles Panton show up as the Elizbeth’s fiancée (and David’s brother) in the movie AND Nelson Wong as mailman Eugene! I was really looking forward to this movie, as was just about every Hallmarkie on the planet.
The movie was filmed in Victoria, Canada. Written by Kathy Kloves (who also wrote 2017’s “Love at First Glance,” it was directed by Michael Robison and very loosely based on one of the short stories in Today is Not Your Day (affiliate link) by Marian Thurm. Robison previously has directed Hallmark movies such as Chateau Christmas and Christmas at Dollywood, among others.
Music: DJ Joey put on Trisha Yearwood’s version of How Do I Live (affiliate link) when they were trying to find music for the reception. Then at the engagement party Elizabeth and David danced to You Are So Beautiful (affiliate link) by Joe Cocker.
In a nutshell
Y’all – I loved this movie. It was a welcome respite after a couple clunkers over the past few weeks. I can’t believe it took this long to get a Krakow/Hynes pairing, and I sincerely hope we get many, many more.
Plot of “It Was Always You”
Elizabeth’s engagement plans are thrown into disarray when her fiancée’s free-spirited brother David returns home. David’s unexpected influence prompts Elizabeth to question her life decisions.
Actors & Chemistry
Erin Krakow was stellar, as was Tyler Hynes. The two of them together? SMOKING. The chemistry was outstanding. I literally have nothing else to say about it that. Words won’t do it justice.
George and David’s mom’s house had a front porch. Tilly the Dog was adorable. And it’s hard for me to say it since I love Giles Panton, but he played not only a Boring Boyfriend, but a Workaholic Boyfriend. Louise, the sister, is a painter, so we had crafting (in a sense).
We had David wiping whipped cream from Elizabeth’s lip. The tropes went away for quite a while, until finally David misunderstood George and Elizabeth’s final kiss for something else.
Did I Hear/See That Right?
The Flying Otter restaurant ONLY serves beer, raw oysters and pie? Ummm….no.
Why did Elizabeth make such a randomly confusing ice cream order? Did we ever get a reason for separating out the vanilla into two containers? Weird.
Both the grandma and the sister kept pushing Elizabeth and David together – as though George didn’t even exist. I couldn’t help but think, “Would they be doing this if George was still there?”
Why did Elizabeth wait until just a couple of months before her wedding to register, find a DJ, order the cake? Seems late. Did I get the timing wrong? I could swear they mention that the wedding is only a few months away, or am I misremembering?
George was VERY concerned about his patients. Speaking as a dental patient, I don’t give a crap if my dentist decided to gallivant around Europe. In fact, I’d be happy for him if he did. Sounds like a once in a lifetime opportunity.
I’m not going to lie: I appreciated the streamlined packing in the trunk of the SUV when George and Elizabeth arrived at his mother’s house.
My entire family hates oysters, but I happen to love them. While I don’t mind them raw, I do prefer steamed and can eat BUCKETS and BUCKETS of them. But for pie? I’d eat that whole rack of raw oysters, for sure.
I love that David was the only one in the entire movie to call her “Lizzie.”
The house used in the movie, and the art shed, and the treehouse were all epically beautiful.
Elizabeth trying to climb that ladder rope reminded me of the time I was visiting a youth camp (as an adult) and was forced to do a ropes course. I failed miserable because I have no arm strength whatsoever. I SEE YOU, ELIZABETH.
I appreciated the amount of popcorn eaten in this movie. I make it 2-3x a week and I approve.
I was worried about the breakup, but I LOVED when Elizabeth did it with respect for George and then thanked him for making every day perfect while they were together. It let them both end the relationship with class and grace. Very well done.
I won’t hesitate to re-watch “It Was Always You” when it repeats – and it WILL repeat for the next several years, of that I have no doubt. I had several “favorite” moments in this movie that make it rewatchable. In the middle of the movie when David and Elizabeth are watching the reality TV show, and she asks how he would “woo” the contestant, I loved his whole speech. And clearly so did Elizabeth.
I also really liked the breakup scene between George and Elizabeth, AND the fact that they clearly have no bad blood between them a year later at Louise’s wedding when he brings the dentist tech, Denise. Lastly, I love the fact that Elizabeth gave herself a year to travel and find herself, so that she’d know who she was the next time she saw David.
“It Was Always You” is my favorite of the first nine movies we’ve had in 2021. It scored really well and would have scored higher if there were a couple more tropes involved.
- It Was Always You (air date: Feb 27) – 668 pts – weighted score: 114.2 (80.1%)
- Taking a Shot at Love (air date: Jan 2) – 641 pts – weighted score: 108.9 (76.4%)
- A Winter Getaway (air date: Jan 23) – 620 pts – weighted score: 104.4 (73.3%)
- Mix Up in the Mediterranean (air date: Feb 20) – 590 pts – weighted score: 102.5 (71.9%)
- Two For The Win (air date: Jan 16) – 603 pts – weighted score: 101.8 (71.4%)
- A New Year’s Resolution (air date: Jan 9) – 516 pts – weighted score: 90.5 (63.5%)
- Playing Cupid (air date: Feb 13) – 466 pts – weighted score: 82.6 (58.0%)
- Beverly Hills Wedding (air date: Feb 6) – 431 pts – weighted score: 80.6 (56.5%)
- Snowkissed (air date: Jan 31) – 402 pts – weighted score: 76.0 (53.3%)
To see where this movie lands in my overall rankings of Hallmark movies, visit my Hallmark Movie Rankings page!
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