The Santa Clause
Yes world, there is a Santa Claus. One of the biggest, most recognized images ever, Santa Claus is much more then a man who delivers presents. To believe in Santa Claus is to believe in the goodness of man. Each Christmas, we meet with our family and friends because we love them. We exchange a gift because it shows how much we care about them. When we are that kind, that’s Santa Claus. I always get excited to shop around for presents for loved ones. Never do I get the most expensive thing nor a cheap card. I generally take time to think about what they like and find something that no one else would get them. If I act good enough to believe in my own passion, then that makes me Santa Claus as well.
Now how about actually becoming a man who takes one night to deliver presents down the chimney? I would take this job in a heartbeat. I would love to deliver toys and make children happy. Scott Calvin seems to be more confused and shocked then anything to become Santa in The Santa Clause. I like the movie for making a good Santa, but it also delivers a good message about believing in yourself.
Scott Calvin (played by Tim Allen) is a workaholic-advertising executive for a toy company. He’s a lot like Schwarzenegger in Jingle All The Way, but this time, Scott pays the price by already being divorced. He’s about to spend Christmas Eve with his young son Charlie. Charlie would rather be with his mom and stepfather Neil, but the two seem to be having an okay Christmas. The night ends with Scott reassuring Charlie that there is a Santa, despite not believing in himself. But when out on the lawn there arose such a clatter.
Scott investigates the noise on the roof, when his yell distracts the man to fall off the roof. Charlie decides that the man was Santa and his father killed him. Further investigation reveals eight reindeer and a sleigh on the roof. To please Charlie, Scott puts on the suit and finishes the delivery of presents. After they finish, they are sent to the North Pole where the Elves tell Scott that by putting on the suit, then he is the new Santa. At first, he wakes up in the morning back in his bed and decides that the whole thing was a dream. But then he starts gaining weight, craving sweets, and knowing whether or not children are naughty or nice. With much support from Charlie, Scott needs to decide who he his.
This movie was Tim Allen’s debut leading role, as he was still known for his then TV series, Home Improvement. Luckily, his slight monotone, yet everyman like personality makes good to fill the big man’s suit. This not only makes him a less likely candidate to qualify for Santa, but this leads to some good reactions (especially a meeting at work about a Santa in an army tank).
But one downside I had was Charlie. I’m sure that this child actor is doing his best, but it comes off as too obviously cutesy. This kid would have worked better if he really had trouble believing in Santa (and I mean while his dad is still going through the transition).
The Santa Clause doesn’t really ask much that we haven’t asked as an audience before (having belief in Santa), but it’s genuine emotions, especially the relationships of the mother and Neil and their beliefs, that make the film a nice trip into a more traditional Christmas movie.
I’ll give this four Santa Claus business cards out of five. You’ll already know if you’re gonna like this movie or not knowing it’s from Disney. The Santa Clause asks that by believing in not just Santa, but in your parents and your passions, to not be afraid to let everyone else know about it. It will actually lead more good to show you really care enough.