Starring: Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott, James Remar, Mara Wilson
Directed by: Les Mayfield
Synopsis: A little girl discovers dreams do come true if you really believe. Six-year-old Susan has doubts about childhood’s most enduring miracle – Santa Claus. Her mother told her the “secret” about Santa a long time ago, so Susan doesn’t expect to receive the most important gifts on her Christmas list. But after meeting a special department store Santa who’s convinced he’s the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all – something to believe in.
A remake of the 1947 classic (I’ll take critics words for that, as I’ve never seen it) and another perennial Christmas favourite. It’s a really Christmassy movie, with Mara Wilson playing the cute kid well, like she did in Matilda. She is kind of like the girl version of Macauley Culkin.
Richard Attenborough plays the is he/isn’t he the real Santa quite well. The rest of the cast hold there own and the whole film is just a sweet, light hearted, sincere Christmas movie, like they used to make. Which is obvious really, because they did make this, a long time ago!
There is no cynicism, no nods and winks, just a purely magical Christmas tale, one that all the family can sit down together and watch. And I think that’s nice, after all the Bad Santa’s and Gremlins I’ve reviewed over the last few weeks.