The Santa Clause

Hello, hello!
I was thinking about which Christmas movies I could review this year and spend a hot minute browsing Disney+. Well, I stumbled upon The Santa Clause, a film I remember watching on VHS. Turns out, there are two sequels I haven’t seen yet, so I’ve got my schedule set!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

Divorced dad Scott (Tim Allen) has custody of his son (Eric Lloyd) on Christmas Eve. After he accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit, they are magically transported to the North Pole, where an elf explains that Scott must take Santa’s place before the next Christmas arrives. Scott thinks he’s dreaming, but over the next several months he gains weight and grows an inexplicably white beard. Maybe that night at the North Pole wasn’t a dream after all — and maybe Scott has a lot of work to do.

The Rating:

Okay, so first of all, let me tell you something: I had never noticed that the title is a play on words. Up until know I had only seen the film in German and it doesn’t quite work there. Anyways, let’s get to the review!

Many films you remember from your childhood don’t hold up once you rewatch them as an adult. Well, this one was actually still pretty cute!

I am not really a Tim Allen fan and to me, that man has just zero charisma but he does give a decent performance in The Santa Clause. In general, the casting is pretty cool, especially when you watch the film in 2020 and recognize some of the actors!

Apart from the cast, I was surprised that the special effects still look pretty good as well. I recently listened to a podcast on the first Harry Potter movie and there they mentioned how the CGI part did not age well (I looked it up, they really didn’), so I was expecting something similar here. I’m not sure if they simply tried to use as few special effects stuff as possible or if for some inexplicable reason it’s just nicer done than in HP1. 😂
I mean, it’s by no means perfect but considering the movie came out in 1994, I have no complaints in that department whatsoever.

The story is also pretty cute and I love the psychologist stepdad who keeps chalking everything up to figments of imagination. The kid, however, was breaking my heart. That little boy was just so pure and nobody ever believed him!

What I found a little irritating was the timeline. So, I guess the story spans over more than a year? Like he becomes Santa but I only just was Christmas, so when he’s delivering present that must be the next year, right? Considering that, I completely understand that Charlie’s (the kid) mom was rather disturbed that Calvin aka Santa kept up the whole thing and that her son kept believing that his dad is Santa. Imagine that going on for a whole year!

Overall, I found the idea quite interesting. The final product is exactly what you’d want to watch during your Christmas break, sipping some hot cocoa and not thinking about a thing. It’s not a particularly smart or intricate film but it’s cute. Sometimes that’s enough.

Did you watch the film? Let me know in the comments!

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