Every Christmas I look forward to discovering new Christmas movies to enjoy during the month of December. This year I was invited to preview Buttons: a Christmas Tale. It’s an all star cast with many of my favorite actors like Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, and Jane Seymour, so I looked forward to seeing them together in a new movie.
Buttons: A Christmas Tale is the magical, musical story that shows believing can be the greatest gift of all. Follow the heartwarming journey of two orphan girls whose only wish is to find a home for Christmas. With a little help from their guardian angels (screen legends Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury), they discover that miracles really can happen when you find the power to believe.
Buttons is one of those movies you’re probably going to either love or hate. If you enjoy classic literature such as Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and Emily Bronte, if you like dark stories about orphans in factories, or if you love a good musical where actors burst into song and dance anywhere in the story, then you’re going to love this movie. Although its a contemporary story, it feels more like classic literature.
If you’re looking for something light and sweet and fluffy, if you’re a fan of modern movies looking for an escape flick, this is not for you.
The cinematography, costuming, hair and makeup, props, and sets are all beautifully done. As someone who lives in a 120-year-old house filled with antiques, I’m quite critical of movies that throw together modern pieces in an attempt to create a historic look. These filmmakers went to the trouble to get all those details period correct. This was my favorite thing about the movie, admiring all the attention to detail.
Although this has the Dove seal of approval for all ages, I’m not sure that young children would appreciate it. It’s a pretty dark movie. I would think it would be best appreciated by older children or homeschooling families who are used to older style movies.
Buttons will be screening one night only in theaters across the country on December 17. It’s also available for churches to screen throughout the month of December, although churches need to know that the theme is all about guardian angels rather than a more biblical focus on Christmas.
If you’re looking for something old fashioned with a happy ending, make plans to head to the theater next week to watch Buttons on the big screen. It’s definitely a movie that will be best enjoyed at the theater to fully appreciate the cinematography and musical numbers.
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