Dogs, Darcy, and Dancing: Marrying Mr. Darcy – Review

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Hey, hey, #Hallmarkies! It’s been a hot minute, hasn’t it? It’s been a nice little hiatus since The Beach House. May is always a crazy month for me personally, so it was nice to take a little break from the blog. But I’m back and ready to tackle Hallmark’s June Weddings! And today, we’ll be talking all about Marrying Mr. Darcy!

The June Weddings season kicked off with Marrying Mr. Darcy, which is actually the sequel to Unleashing Mr. Darcy. And since it had been a while since I had watched the first movie, we’ll begin there– just as a quick refresher. And as a reminder, this post will have SPOILERS! So, do not read if you aren’t into spoilers.

Unleashing Mr. Darcy
Starring Cindy Busby and Ryan Paevy

What do you get when you combine Pride and Prejudice, the twenty-first century, and a couple of cute dogs? Unleashing Mr. Darcy! I’m not going to lie, it’s a weird title for a movie, but whatever, it was a cute movie! Plus, I really enjoyed finding comparisons between the real Pride and Prejudice and Unleashing Mr. Darcy.

Elizabeth Scott and Donovan Darcy are just like Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. They meet a dog show competition and Elizabeth thinks Donovan is rude, and Donovan thinks Elizabeth is snobby. Like in Pride and Prejudice, they completely misjudge each other. But not for long! Although, there are obstacles in their way. There’s the wannabe girlfriend, the snobby rich Aunt, and misunderstandings galore! Not to mention, for Elizabeth and Donovan– “De Nile ain’t just a river in Egypt,” you know what I’m saying?

Anyways, after a series of events, Elizabeth and Darcy get together (surprise, surprise).

By the way, Cindy Busby is basically a queen in this dress. Gorgeous!

Unleashing Mr. Darcy
Picture Credit: Crown Media Press

If you haven’t watched the movie, you need to! You can find Unleashing Mr. Darcy on Amazon!

Now that we’ve done a quick recap of the characters and the first movie, let’s dive into Marrying Mr. Darcy.

It’s about six months later, and Elizabeth and Donovan are madly in love. So madly in love that he #spoileralert proposes. I was a little underwhelmed by the proposal, but it was very sweet. (Also– who walks their dog in heels?!)

Marrying Mr. Darcy
Original Picture – Crown Media
Marrying Mr. Darcy
Original Photo – Crown Media

There’s one small obstacle in the way– Aunt Violet, whom Darcy decided to drop all communications with after the party in the first movie. Thankfully, Aunt Violet makes amends and tells Elizabeth that she’d love to help her with her wedding planning.

Marrying Mr. Darcy
Original Picture – Crown Media

Stop right there, Elizabeth. DONT. DO. IT. RUN. AWAY. NOW.

Should have listened to me.

Anyways, Aunt Violet not only moves the wedding up from November to June, she is just all about the pomp and circumstance and is about to drive Elizabeth up a wall. It doesn’t help that Donovan has decided to work crazy hours and has fewer hours to spend with Elizabeth. His constant absences cause Elizabeth to have cold feet days before the wedding.

Do they or do they not get married!? BUM BUM BUM!

They do. They compromise and they make everyone happy with not just one, but two weddings.

End scene.

What?!

Yeah. That was me too.

My Thoughts…

Let’s break down a few pieces here. I had read in several places online that they didn’t like how Elizabeth was a bit spineless in this movie, but I have to disagree. I don’t think she was spineless at all! Unless you’ve been in her shoes, which I have in a different circumstance, you don’t understand what it is like to work closely with a, shall we say, strong personality type. I will say from experience, it is HARD to say no and it is super hard to voice your opinion without the fear of offending someone, being put down, being misunderstood, etc. Aunt Violet treated Elizabeth horribly in the first movie, so it is only natural for Elizabeth to appease Violet. And Elizabeth isn’t just trying to appease Violet for the sake of appeasing her. It was all for the sake of peace and harmony.

Speaking of Violet– man, she gave off some crazy monster-in-law vibes!! Thank goodness she kind of calmed it down a little. But, note to Elizabeth and Donovan– when Aunt Violet decides to throw you a baby shower for your future child… just let her. I promise. The gifts will be totally worth it. 😉

Did anyone else notice that a different actress played Zara? I miss the original Zara! I loved her sass and sarcasm in the first one! The second Zara was too sweet, which was fine, but sassy Zara was so much fun.

Then there’s the secondary storyline of Donovan working longer hours and Elizabeth misunderstanding his reasons behind it. I don’t understand why these types of movies always show the guy as an “idiot” not realizing what Pandora’s box that might open and the girl as a mopey, uncommunicative girlfriend. Come’on, Hallmark! You could have done better than that!

The movie seemed to lose a little momentum towards the end. I really wish Elizabeth had a stronger conflict towards the end because she seemed to “lose it” for no reason other than the fear that Donovan didn’t love her as much as she did and would spend more hours at work than with her. I wish she would have gone through a bigger catastrophe or hurdle for her to melt down like she did at the end. And I think that would have given them a better reason for the two wedding deal. Speaking of the two weddings deal… I pretty much figured that was coming. But the ending was just so abrupt! It would have been nice to see Elizabeth and Donovan exchange a few words at the end or something. I was a bit caught off guard when the movie ended!

I have to ask though: Dress #1 (the secret, rooftop wedding dress) or Dress #2 (church wedding dress)?

My vote is on #2! I didn’t care for the style of the 1st dress, despite the classicness of it. I also didn’t like Elizabeth’s hair for the secret wedding.

Overall, I liked Unleashing Mr. Darcy better than Marrying Mr. Darcy. Marrying Mr. Darcy was a cute movie for sure, but there were some storyline things that bothered me in this one. However, I’d love to see a third movie! I would love to see a spin-off on Jenna and her boyfriend (whose name escapes me at this moment)! They are just the cutest!

What are your thoughts on Marrying Mr. Darcy? How many stars would you give it?

Kaycee’s Rating: 2.75 Stars
(Because the first one was way better….)

 

3 thoughts on “Dogs, Darcy, and Dancing: Marrying Mr. Darcy – Review

  1. Very insightful review, Kaycee! I agree with you about several things, especially preferring the first movie over the sequel. I personally thought the first movie was decent at best, so I was hoping to get more enjoyment from the sequel. What disappointed me the most about Marrying Mr. Darcy was the main plot was fueled on a cliché, which I’ve referred to on my blog as the planning-a-wedding-in-an-unrealistic-time-period cliché. I think a more interesting plot would have been if Elizabeth and Donovan’s wedding was held on the same weekend as an international or national dog show, where Elizabeth’s aunt’s dog just so happens to be a contender for the top prize.

    I also read your tweet, as well as the Entertainment Weekly article, about the synopsis for the When Calls the Heart Christmas movie. I not only agree with you about the plot sounding like the displaced settlers story from Season 3, but it also sounds like the Cody and Becky story from When Calls the Heart: New Year’s Wish. If this is truly what the Christmas movie is about, even though more details about the film’s plot may be revealed at Hallmark’s Summer TCA event, I would start to think that the show is running out of ideas. I just hope that Tom Thornton (my favorite character on When Calls the Heart) makes an appearance in the film and gets a significant sized story arc.

    1. Thanks for responding to my post! I love your idea about Elizabeth and Donovan getting married the same weekend as the dog show! The dogs had nothing to do with this movie which was a little disappointing. The first movie was definitely better.

      About WCTH, I wonder if the synopsis will change again. I know last year’s changed… it went from being about Jack bringing a Mountie home with him to the Wishing Tree. I love Tom Thornton too! I hope he and Julie show up again! It would be fun to see their relationship blossom and see their growth.

      1. I do remember when the synopsis for the previous When Calls the Heart movie changed. I was actually looking forward to finding out who the “young Mountie” could be and what his “Christmas inspiration” was. I hope that a similar storyline could get written into a future When Calls the Heart movie. Also, I’m happy to hear that you’re a Tom Thornton fan as well!

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