When Calls The Heart (Movie) Review
Not so much?
If you’re looking for an intense historical drama, you won’t find it here – but if you’re after a historical romance that pulls at your heartstrings, there’s a lot to like in When Calls The Heart.
Michael Landon, Jr. present a film based on the writings of prolific inspirational fiction author Janette Oke.
Life wasn’t easy in 1910. The conveniences we take for granted – plumbing, electricity, interstate travel, and more – were just starting to be a reality for some, and completely out of reach for many others. And yet, Elizabeth Thatcher has led a fairly privileged life, sheltered in the city by her wealthy family. When Elizabeth receives her teaching certificate and decides to start a life educating young minds, her family is supportive and very happy for her – until she is assigned a post in the still untamed West.
Just as she is trying to make the decision that will change her life, for better or worse, Elizabeth finds the diary of her namesake aunt, who it turns out was very much like Elizabeth. She too was a teacher, and the diary details the trials and tribulations of her first year on the prairie. From wolves to sickness to a budding romance, the elder Elizabeth seemed to run into to just about every problem possible on her journey to be the teacher she wants to be.
The story in When Calls The Heart is split into two portions, that of the aunt and that of the younger Elizabeth. As Elizabeth deals with her family’s objections and worries, and tries out living without the support of servants, her story parallels that of her aunt – romance and all. The stories are told in a back and forth manner, switching between times as the two young women advance in their lives. It’s an effective method of showcasing the similarities between the two women, as well as foreshadowing what lies before young Elizabeth.
Set at the turn of the twentieth century, When Calls The Heart features a variety of period costumes and scenery, as well as a whole different way of life from that we live in now, and it’s all done with an eye towards staying accurate to the times being represented. It’s enjoyable for that alone, if you’re a fan of historical fiction. It’s an interesting story, told with humor and more than a touch of romance, making for a great feel good story that doesn’t require a whole lot of thinking. If you’re looking for an intense historical drama, you won’t find it here – but if you’re after a historical romance that pulls at your heartstrings, there’s a lot to like in When Calls The Heart.