10 February 2013 | boblipton
Firefighters and Flowers
Natalie Brown is an MBA who decided she would rather be happy and chucked it to run a flower shop. William Baldwin is a widowed firefighter with a pleasant adolescent son -- clearly this is some sort of fantasy. The writers hit all the notes in this stereotypical Hallmark Channel TV St. Valentine's Day movie and the result is pleasant if unmemorable fluff.
Cameraman Peter Benison tries to spice up the proceedings with some interesting moving shots. There's a series of pans from left to right and back again when Ms. Brown and her best friend are discussing her woes in a bar; the effect lends a low-stress, humorous tone to her problems. On the other hand, there are some cheating shots; when Mr. Baldwin is looking at old Valentines from his marriage, we are offered alternating shots of the valentines and Mr. Baldwin. Perhaps the intent was to slow down the scene and make it more contemplative. Instead, it raised in my mind the question of why they didn't show both in the same shot.
I might have been happier if there had been more sense of place. However, for anyone looking for an undemanding, romantic story for Valentine, this should be all right.