A pop star goes up against her high school rival when she takes a high school choir to a Christmas music competition. Does In Merry Measure hit the high notes, or does it fall flat? In this review we'll share everything you need to know about the Hallmark Channel's latest Christmas movie.
In Merry Measure Synopsis
Pop star Darcy (Patti Murin) visits her hometown when she goes home to spend Christmas with her sister and niece. Known for her popular Sugar Rush Christmas song, Darcy has spent the last twenty years on the road during the holidays. With her career in limbo and Darcy struggling to get record labels to listen to her new music, she heads home to spend some quality time with her family.
When Darcy's niece Megan gets cut from the school choral club and can't compete in the annual Christmas competition, Darcy sets out to make things right. She convinces the school principal to let her form a second choir, full of all the kids who didn't make the first club. But with only one group allowed in the competition per school, they'll need to hold a sing-off to see which group wins.
The director of the school choir is Darcy's high school rival Adam (Brendan Penny). Darcy and Adam competed alongside each other in their high school choir. Darcy always got the lead parts and Adam felt like he got the short end of the stick. He's the type of guy who works his butt off and always comes in second. He thought that things always fell in Darcy's lap, and that he never got a chance. In Merry Measure the two get a chance to put that rivalry to bed, and instead become a team.
My In Merry Measure Review
In Merry Measure is one of these sneaky good Christmas movies. There are no big moments per se, just a solid movie through and through. At the heart of the movie is good casting and good acting. Darcy and her sister Gretchen (Jennifer Robertson) have the best chemistry together. And they weave in some fun Christmas movie references like a scene paying homage to Home Alone. It's the type of relationship we should all be so lucky to have.
In Merry Measure doesn't rely on big Christmas scenes and activities like so many Christmas movies. Instead, they fill the movie with all-around holiday spirit typical in most of our lives. A beautifully decorated home, and an equally beautiful English pub that's all decked out for the holiday. It's scenes like that make a movie special. We don't need Christmas tree lightings, ice skating, and other cliched activities to make a Christmas movie special. Just fill it with good actresses, good actors, and a solid story and let the magic shine through.
My only complaint about the movie is the styling they used for Brendan Penny. I mean come on. Why in the world did they feel the need to make him look nerdy? I mean he's still handsome and maybe some people like that look, but I much prefer Brendan in his typical hair style. And if they felt the need to give him glasses, they could have picked a more modern look. But if that's all I can find wrong with the movie, I'd say they did a good job.
My In Merry Measure Recap
In Merry Measure first aired on the Hallmark Channel on November 11, 2022. Although there are still tons of movies left to go this season, I have to say that at the moment I think this one is in my top 3 for my Hallmark Christmas rankings for 2022. It's a fun and touching movie that hits all the right notes.