Better not knock Santa off the roof, otherwise you'll be stuck with his job until you die
"Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus..right down Santa Claus' lane." Sorry, I just finished listening that song all day, at work, so now I can't get it out of my head. Why do all the crappy songs get stuck in my head? Oh well, it seems rather fitting anyway as I start to review my first holiday film of this year. To be perfectly honest, I knew I wasn't going to like this movie, and..."boy oh boy" was I ever right. Don't get me wrong, it's not as terrible as I thought it would be, but it's not one of the best holiday films out there. The story is basically about a neglectful would be dad, Scott Calvin a.k.a. Santa Claus (Tim Allen), whom ends up taking custody of his kid for the holidays. As one can tell, the kid spends most of the time complaining about how unconventional and unchristmas-esque their time together is. From spending time at a diner and eating stuff like steak and other non-traditional holiday food, it turns out Scott's time with his son couldn't get any worse. Add to the fact that recently Scott learns that his son just found out that there is no Santa, so Scott tries to convince him otherwise. However, in a marvelous turn of events, Santa falls off the roof after Scott catches him trying to slide down their chimney. Believing that Santa is dead, Scott puts on the Santa outfit and continues to delivering toys along with his son, to finish the trip. Unknowingly to Scott, he soon learns that by putting on the uniform, it entitles him to now become the new Santa Clause by contractual aggreement. The special effects are fairly decent, and the story is pretty much what you expect it to be. Sappy, campy, and full of the holiday family crap that people seem to love over the holidays.
Personally, this commercialism of movies like this just annoy me at times. I mean what the hell does Santa have anything to do with the real meaning of Christmas anyway? Wasn't Christmas really about the birth of Jesus? Oh well, that's another arguement for another time, so I won't bore a lot of people with that gripe. And to make matters worse, the kid in this movie was just flat out annoying. However, "Santa Clause" is just one of those typical family films that should keep families entertained for the holidays while the rest of us gauge our eyes out.
Tim Allen was suprisingly the only brite spot in this movie,as he was at least able to be partially funny with a mediocre role. Although, most of his lines were campy, after donning the Santa fat suit, he was at least able to make it worth watching whenever he could like when he made his ex-wife's husband look like an idiot several times. Got to love those Kodak moments.
As for everyone else, they were all just dreadful. Especially the little kid. I know most of you are going to disagree with me for saying that, but hear me out before judging me. Throughout most of the movie, the kid is constantly whining about how much he thinks his father is a jerk and always disobeys everyone, yet never gets punished for it. For example, when Scott asks his son to not tell anyone about him becoming the new Santa, his son decides it's cute to tell everyone anyway. Another example, Scott tells his son to stay in the sled, but he doesn't. I know many people will say that he's just a kid, but I don't honestly care. If I had done half that crap when I was young, I would've been beaten until the cows come home. Unlike most kids in holiday films where they just happen to be borderline annoying, this kid went to straight up irritating.
Not to get too far off topic, the direction and story is pretty much what you expect out a Disney live action family film. Nothing but mushy yule tide carol.
However, the film is still a fairly good family movie. Unfortunately, though if your not into family movies, then you might get turned off by this. Overall, good for families but bad for everyone else.