Christmas is over but before we can get ready for the new year I have one more X-Mas flick to talk about. Two days ago I did a review on the original Miracle of 34th Street film, so we cannot end this year without also tackling the 1994 remake!
The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):
Six-year-old Susan Walker (Mara Wilson) is skeptical of the Christmas myth surrounding Santa Claus, a trait she perhaps learned from her mother, Dorey (Elizabeth Perkins). When tasked with hiring the Santa who will pose with kids at Macy’s, Dorey enlists a man with the curious name of Kris Kringle (Richard Attenborough) who claims to be Santa himself. His assertions are met with scoffs and threats of institutionalization, but a young lawyer, along with Susan and Dorey, comes to his defense.
After watching the first Miracle on 34th Street film, I naturally had to go and see the second one as well. Is this a sequel that anybody needed? Is it well made? I am always wary in the face of remakes, but this one actually turned out to be fairly decent! Granted, and didn’t like it quite as much as the original, but I don’t really have much to complain about either!
For quite a large part of the film, they stick fairly close to the original storyline with only a few little tweaks. One that is actually rather small but stood out to me concerns Mara Wilson’s character’s father. In the original movie, it is made pretty clear from the beginning that he is out of the picture because of a divorce (which was surprising to me considering the movie is from the 40s). In this remake, however, for a while, they phrase it as if he simply died. I mean, they don’t say that outright, but it is heavily implied. It isn’t until quite far into the film that it is mentioned that they are merely divorced. Somehow it struck me as odd that it is the more recent movie where the lines are written like that. As I said, I completely irrelevant little detail, but that’s what my brain picks up on. I’m sorry guys. 😅Continue reading