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Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc
Starring: Dudley Moore, John Lithgow, David Huddleston, Judy Cornwell & Burgess Meredith
I thought I’d save the best till last. I have a lot of long lasting memories from this film. I remember this being on the telly every Christmas, and every Christmas my family and I would always watch it. I haven’t seen this for a long time, so it’s nice to re-watch a film which was such a huge stable of my childhood.
Santa Claus the Movie tells the story about Santa’s origins. A peasant woodcutter who discovers a magical kingdom of elves in the North Pole, is given immortality and is given the responsibility to deliver toys to all the children of the world. Santa’s most eager to please elf, Patch(Dudley Moore), leaves the North Pole for New York, he becomes mixed up with an evil toy maker who plans to take over Christmas. It’s up to Santa to rescue Patch and save Christmas!
Although this movie does have its detractors I’m not one of them. It’s completely charming. There’s a total nostalgia overload beaming from this movie. It takes me straight back to my childhood. The sets are breathtaking, the music is engaging and the acting is near perfect, all the way from Dudley Moore to the extras.
It does have its drawbacks, though. It seems as though they were trying to make two movies in one. It does detract from the overall effect, in my eyes. It gets a bit confusing once it hits the half way mark, but it is still worth seeing all the way through. It still holds up to this day.
It may be a watered down version of Willy Wonka, but its great effects (which were groundbreaking in the 1980s) will not fail to bring out the Christmas spirit in everyone and the child in you.
Rating: *** ½ (Aye, it’s canny, like)