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Defending Santa Film Review
Director: Brian Skiba
Producer: Devi Singh
Running time: 1 hr 27 mins
Genre: Fantasy, Drama, Family
Production Company: Cartel Pictures
With Christmas fast approaching, the festive films are already beginning to appear on our TV screens. One film I have recently watched is Defending Santa. Now, this film certainly isn't going to be in the same league as Santa Clause: The Movie or A Christmas Carol, but it's still an interesting film to watch.
The film begins with Sheriff Scott Hanson going to a report of a broken down vehicle when he comes across a sleeping Santa Claus in the woods. With being in a coma for nearly a year and his sleigh ride being questionable, he is put on trial to prove he is, in fact, Santa Claus. Sheriff Hanson arrests him for a crime he did not commit. Whilst Santa is in hospital, he tries to convince the people around him that he wasn't in a coma but was, in fact, asleep. He wakes up around November time just in time to start preparing for Christmas.
Scott Hanson is not only the local Sheriff, but he also a widower and a dad to a young girl called Susan. Throughout the film we see how she, and a few others, believe in Santa right from the start and how she befriends Santa. As the court proceedings begin, it is up to Santa and his team of people to convince the Judge and jury that he is not mad, but really is Santa Claus. And with time fast approaching before he needs to start delivering presents, can he prove he says who he says he is? There is also a side-story with Scott growing close to Sarah, the defense attorney in court, which I found interesting.
Sheriff Scott Hanson
What do I think?
Well as I say, this isn't in the same league as some of the blockbuster Christmas films out there, but on the other hand, I found it a fun film to watch. Although there wasn't many special effects in it, I thought the little miniature horse they had in it was cute. I love how this little tiny living horse was neighing and walking around in the palm of someone's hand. Very cute. I also like Santa's special watch. You don't get to see the full effect of this though until towards the end of the film.
The acting was quite good, especially from Jamie McRae who plays the young daughter, Susan, of the Sheriff. She played a really good part and top marks to her. Although the storyline was a little bit on the weak side, I think Jamie made up for that. I also like the smaller side story of Scott and Sarah's love story within the film. As with the majority of the Christmas films, it does have a happy ending, but it did end a little bit differently to how I imagined it would. Bill Lewis who plays Kris Kringle played an excellent part. I like how they made him look like Santa as best they could with the big belly and rosy red cheeks. And of course with the big white beard and hair. The only thing is we don't get to see any sleigh or reindeers.
Apart from that, I did enjoy this film. No doubt it will be on again over Christmas on other channels. It will no doubt get you into the Christmas spirit, even if slightly.
Defending Santa Official Trailer
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