A Bone to Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery full movie review - A dud...period
Okay I am well aware that I am not the demographic for this film. I also had very meagre expectations given it is a Hallmark film, stars Candace Cameron-Bure, and was being turned into a Hallmark series.
Those things in and of itself don't make this a bad film. Hallmark can be entertaining in a very cheesy way. I watched this with my 70+ year old mother because I knew it would be squeaky clean and perhaps fun. Clean yes but this was the furthest thing from fun. The film had no chemistry anywhere. It was plainly dull, made no sense and by the time the "mystery" was unravelling, I literally didn't care. I couldn't even tell you the ending now because it was completely and utterly forgettable. It is quite simply a miracle that this sort of D-Movie making gets made and watched and serialized. Its silly. I'm desperately trying to find some good points because I am all for clean movies that are for certain demographics but there just wasn't anything enjoyable about this at all. I'm actually amazing that this came from a series written by Charlaine Harris, while I've never read anything from her, this doesn't seem to fit the style.
I like Candace Cameron-Bure, I'm a HUGE Full House fan but I've never really seen her in much else. She does have some chemistry but this role is so silly and simple that she can't seem to really give it enough to make it captivating. The best thing I can say is that she is the highlight of this cast because literally everyone else is completely and utterly forgettable. The most talented name in the group is Marilu Henner and she is completely underused as Cameron-Bure's mother. Another reviewer said that they were setting up these characters for future instalments but I didn't see any set up here. This was a film made with the absolute bare minimum in everything. They squeaked by and squeaked it out to make a little money which is Hallmark's thing really.
Martin Wood is far from a newcomer in the director and producer's chair. He has been working on Television for ages and has done a lot of Science Fiction which begs the question why he took this on? And more-so it begs the question as to why this wasn't made with far more care than it was. I think the problem is I'm over-analyzing a Hallmark production. I've only seen a few but they all have the exact same earmarks and are made for a list of reasons that don't translate to great movies. I certainly won't be tuning in to any future instalments of this series. I'll wait for Fuller House for my dose of Candace Cameron-Bure. 3/10