You might be surprised to learn this about me… but I rarely go to movies.  In fact, I rarely watch movies on TV. My husband will suggest we go to different movies, but somehow I manage to wiggle my way out of going.  I think it might be because I have to just sit and watch a screen. Asking me to go and sit in a movie theater is like asking me to go sit in a closet for 2 hours.  Yeah, I know, I’m different.

All that being said, I do enjoy a good movie. (Up until now, the last movie I watched was Les Mis, which I thoroughly enjoyed, by the way.)  You’ve just got to get me to sit down for it.

Recently the opportunity to review a movie arrived in my email.

Generally, I would just hit delete before I even read half the email. Fortunately, the word “gardener” popped off my screen right away.  One word and I was intrigued.  Especially as you know how I love gardens and gardening.


From This Beautiful Fantastic movies starring Alfie (Tom Wilkinson) over the fence smiling

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This Beautiful Fantastic is centered around a garden.  Actually calling that space between two houses a garden was quite a stretch.  It was so neglected that it was both dead and overgrown. And yes, a garden can be all of those things at the same time.

Abandoned at birth, the main character, Bella Brown grew up to become a lovely but quite quirky young librarian and wannabe children’s book writer who eventually endeared herself to her curmudgeonly older neighbor, played by Tom Wilkinson. Bella, played by Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) was given one month to return her so-called garden to its original state or be evicted.


Review of The Beautiful Fantastic starring Bella (Jessica Brown Findlay) looking at paper under light


There is a hint of romance as Bella crosses paths with a young inventor at the library who breaks all the rules while he conducts his research there.  Eventually, he invites her to see his invention and there she begins the first steps to fulfilling her dream of becoming a children’s book author.


Movie Review of This Beautiful Fantastic - the 3 men in Bellas life


Produced by Samuel Goldwyn Films and distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainments, This Beautiful Fantastic is filled with twists and turns and more interesting characters.  And though the story takes place in contemporary London, it has a certain almost Victorian feel that is charming.

I could tell you more, but I don’t want to spoil the story and all its wonderful intricacies and unexpected ending which I found absolutely delightful.

If you love a movie with a good plot… conflict… resolution… all wrapped in an unexpectedly enchanting story… you’ll love this.


Movie Review of This Beautiful Fantastic starring Bella (Jessica Brown Findlay) and Alfie (Tom Wilkinson) a new awaits in the yellow room


The interesting thing about watching movies is that you can curl up on the sofa or in bed and watch it by yourself if you like.  Or you could be like me and invite yourself over to your friend’s house, bearing one of her favorite hot beverages made by the local barista, and hang out together, which for some reason we don’t often get the time to do.  Of course, there might be the occasional neighbor child who demands to know your name and what you’re watching as she strolls through the house on her way to see the young boy who resides there.  Yes… that’s really what happened.  Even cuter…  on one of her strolls past me and my friend, she actually stopped, sat down, and started watching the movie with us.  It captivated her too… at least until her mother called her home.

My friend Jen, whom I descended upon with the fancy coffee and DVD?  She enjoyed the movie, too.  These are her words….

This is such a sweet, hope-filled movie. As the young lady’s garden blooms, so does she and all who are in her life.  Other than the “magical” effect used on some garden flowers, it was a wonderful movie.

Do yourself a favor and nab This Beautiful Fantastic to watch this weekend.  It will be that perfect respite from all that you should be doing.  And that’s from me… a non-movie goer. And one more thing… you won’t need a whole box, but be sure to stick a tissue in your pocket.  You just might need it.

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  1. Such a beautiful post and this sounds like a lovely movie. I’ve already checked it out on Amazon after reading your recommendation and I look forward to watching it.

  2. Laurie Golnick says

    I’ve been wanting to see this movie. After reading this, now more than ever. I’m so glad it is on Amazon now. I tried to see it here in California and the movie theater showing it was too far away. Thank you for the review and info. where to watch. God Bless you and your family.

    • Diane says

      I receive that blessing, Laurie! Thank you!
      I’m so glad this post was helpful to you. It is a wonderful story and I’m certain you’ll enjoy it!
      All the best for an extraordinary weekend!

  3. Gwen says

    Ahhh now I want to have a girls night with my daughter and watch this!!!

  4. Cheryl Chastain says

    This looks like my kind of movie and I am going to try to get it soon. Thanks for your post.

    • I hope you like it as much as I did.
      All the best for a fantastic Fourth!!

    • I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, Cheryl! I’m actually looking forward to watching it again, soon!
      You may not realize it…. but if you click the name of the movie in the post, it will take you to a link where you can rent or purchase it. So easy.
      All the best for an extraordinary week!

  5. Can’t wait to see this – thanks for the recommendation.

    • I hope you like it as much as I did, Debbie. Be sure to let me know. I’m actually looking forward to watching it again. 😉
      Happy Fourth!

  6. Jane says

    I’m just like you! I rarely watch a movie, but if it has a garden in it, then I must!

    • I love it!! We’re soul sisters for sure!! Thanks for sharing that Jane. 🙂
      Hope you’re having a fabulous Fourth!

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