Looking Back at Santa Claus: The Movie

Well here's another of those various fiction films.  So it was directed by the same director who did Supergirl and well, I was pretty surprised to find out it was a box office flop and has some scathing reviews yet there is a cult hit following it after that failure.  That I won't be able to decipher why but I think that there is some charm in the film that I really like:

Acting quality does matter.  I mean, well this is all fiction but hey, even fantasy films need to have good acting if you want to entertain the audience.  I mean, there is always a certain degree of realism and David Huddleston makes a fairy tale character seemingly real in this film and he's probably better than Edmund Gwen or any other before him or after him who acted the fat guy for me.

I really love his acting, makes me want to hug that guy even when I'm all grown up.  I would admit the plot is pretty rushed but David Huddleston really knows how to act as a real jolly old man who loves little children. It's like how Hugh Jackman as Wolverine makes you feel the character is real even all the while, you are still aware that this was just a story.  For Judy Cornwell, she's okay but Angela Lansbury for me has the better charm to act as Mrs. Claus.  Side comment, I wish they had talking reindeer and Rudolph in this film to make it even more fantasy than reality.

Making Santa Claus seem more human than supernatural despite him being given immortality by the Vendequim or even subjecting him to the fickleness of popularity when commercialism literally overrides him.  Santa Claus here doesn't even see whether or not people are sleeping or awake except on December 24th, two he really even needed a certain Sarah Foster to write to him a complaint before he knows who's been bad or good totally negating the classic song while making a reference to it.  In fact, he is so reliant on Dooley, Patch and Puffy proving he's still more human than myth despite all the powers he has been given.

In fact, Mrs. Claus says, "Well it's time to change the rules." which gives birth to the naughty and nice list and two, he doesn't even remember B.Z. the main villain to be naughty as a child.  Also, we get a logical explanation to how Santa Claus on his annual journey to deliver presents gets it done on just one night- the Ancient One gives him the power to travel the world in just one night but only that night and the night of the world as a passage of endless night.  So he does slow down sometimes where he meets Joe and Cornelia who after so many years, he ends up being fond of them because he never had a child of his own.  So I guess nobody can ask for a house from him in here either because all he gives away are toys that end up in the antique collector's shelf.

John Lithgow as B.Z.  I haven't seen other performances from him but this hammy villain comes to life when John Lithgow and I'd say he was priceless.  I would really admit that the scene where he meets the rather intellectual at the same time stupid Patch is funny with his "FOR FREE!" where he holds his breath for a few seconds then says those words.  My other favorite part of this film was his "Uh-huh" and of course, he makes a rather non-credible villain go forward.  I mean, why does he even put nails in teddy bears if he wants exploit a profit out of poor suckers?  Well John Lithgow makes the loopy villain fun to watch especially with his rather absurd "death scene" where even when he was at the cold vastness of space, he's still breathing!  Hmmm he should have known better than to eat too many of those candy canes too.

The children protagonists and I think Joe and Cornelia had a charm.  I know it's baffling that Santa Claus doesn't discover a homeless kid throughout the centuries or maybe he did but times were much more forgiving until he meets Joe and two, his powers were probably waning to suddenly notice it while before, he defied the laws of science.  So I guess every year, he may have had help from others to help the homeless but this year wasn't so lucky.

I thought that Cornelia had an appeal when she first meets Santa Claus and two, when Joe was probably secretly supported by elves before Santa Claus could meet him again.  For the scene where Joe is reunited with Santa Claus, it was pretty touching it can bring a momentary tear before the comedy of the film wipes it off.  The scene where Santa Claus makes an emergency stopover at Cornelia's house (well because she's probably his only other friend left in a world that wouldn't want his toys anymore) to rescue Joe.  The finale scene was really a combination of suspense and humor as well.


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