Watch Christmas Comes to Willow Creek
- 1 hr 34 min
Two brothers, Ray and Lee, who had not seen each other in five years reunite for the Christmas holidays. Ray is a truck driver from Chicago and Lee is a bush pilot in Alaska, and they are both tasked with delivering Christmas presents to a remote town in Alaska called Willow Creek. Along with the help of Lee's ex-girlfriend and the community of Willow Creek, the brothers come together to ensure everyone has a Merry Christmas.
The movie begins with Ray and his wife, Katherine, welcoming their two kids to their home for the Christmas holidays. Katherine suggests that Ray should reach out to his estranged brother to make amends, and Ray reluctantly agrees. Meanwhile, Lee is struggling to land a plane in a remote Alaskan village when he receives a call from his brother. The two briefly catch up and make a plan to meet up in Chicago to deliver goods to Willow Creek.
Ray and Lee's journey to Alaska start off with a rocky patch because of the vast contrasts in their personalities. Ray is uptight and has a well-planned schedule while Lee is laid-back and spontaneous. This causes clashes between them on how they should approach their journey to Willow Creek. Along the way, they pick up some surprises that change their perspective on life, including giving away some of the gifts to those who they feel need it more. They also hear about the plight of the remote town of Willow Creek and decide to do something about it.
When they finally get to Willow Creek, they are met with a warm reception from the town folks. Ray is immediately smitten with a town local, Bettina, who is a single mother trying to make ends meet. He makes repeated attempts to woo her, but she keeps thwarting his efforts. Ironically, Lee, who is still reeling from his break up with Bettina, has found solace in her sister, Cheryl.
The bulk of the movie's arc focuses on how the brothers come together as they try to lighten the load for the folks in Willow Creek, while also trying to repair their own relationship. In one heart-warming scene, they host a Christmas concert to raise money for the town; this leads to the revelation that the money they have raised will only be enough to keep the electricity on until the end of January. The brothers, with the help of the town, come up with a plan to extend that money and make it work for the town into the dead of winter.
The movie has a message of family and community and highlights the importance of helping each other during the holiday season. It teaches that people can come together despite their differences and make a difference in each other's lives. Ray and Lee, despite having different views on life and clashing, eventually come to understand each other better, and this brings them together.
The cast of the movie does an outstanding job of making their roles believable. The chemistry between John Schneider and Tom Wopat, who starred together in the popular TV series 'The Dukes Of Hazzard,' is palpable, and their reconciliation is one of the high points of the movie. Kim Delaney also shines in her role as Bettina and anchors the more emotional parts of the film.
One of the strengths of the movie is its production value. The movie was shot in Alaska, and the natural beauty of the state is perfectly captured on camera. The snowy and icy conditions, along with the scattered log cabins, create a winter wonderland setting that perfectly captures the Christmas mood.
In conclusion, 'Christmas Comes to Willow Creek' is a heartwarming family movie that delivers an important message on the importance of kindness and love during the holidays. Its excellent cast, beautiful cinematography, and upbeat soundtrack combine to make it an enjoyable movie that is worth watching. The movie is still a classic to this day and one that leaves a lasting impression on its audience because of its timeless message.
Christmas Comes to Willow Creek is a 2003 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 34 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.4.