Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Ho Ho Ho.
Face it people, Christmas franchises are always one hit wonders. Not saying that’s really bad, but no Christmas film ever really gets a sequel, and a franchise that lasts twelve years is a magnificent accomplishment, let’s face it. No, they aren’t all that fantastic, given, but they usually provide a good amount of Christmas spirit. Truthfully, The Santa Clause is one of my favorite Christmas movies to date. I watch the first one practically every year. The sequels? Not really, but they all have their positives.
The overall story revolves around Scott Calvin, business man who sells toys for a living. One night, he startled Santa Claus, causing him to fall of the roof. When Scott put on the Santa suit, he became Santa. The first film dealt with self-discovery and transformation, the second film dealt with love and penance, and the third? I don’t know…I guess it was made just for fun.
When it comes right down to it, I really loved the first film, and enjoyed the second one incredibly well. The third didn’t seem to have much spirit and they botched up all potential that they solidly held. Though, I will say that the second or third film never needed to be made in the first place. They are clearly geared more towards family and Christmas, but the full spirit of the first film is lost.
Now, Tim Allen was the perfect role for Santa Claus. He is one of the only comedians that can deliver family-friendly humor that’s actually effective for everyone. The man is a genius, and clearly has a big heart. Everything that he is in, he proves his worth 10-fold.
I know these collection reviews are short, but all this really is – is a Christmas franchise, one that lasted twelve years and kept all of the main actors. You got to give it props for that.