Film review (an adult’s perspective): Get Santa
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- Published on Monday, 24 November 2014 11:30
- Last Updated on 28 November 2014
- Freda Cooper
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It has to be said that this year’s seasonal films didn’t get off to the best of starts with Nativity 3 – and that’s the last time I’m going to mention that particular travesty. So, is Get Santa any better?
Breathe easy. It is.
In case you’ve not read Chiara’s review, the plot goes like this. Young Tom (Kit Connor) discovers Father Christmas (Jim Broadbent) in the garden shed: his sled has crashed and he’s lost his reindeer. He tells his dad, Steve (Rafe Spall) who’s separated from Tom’s mother, just out of jail and more than a little sceptical about the existence of Santa in the first place. And when the bearded one is arrested trying to re-claim his reindeer from Battersea Dogs And Cats Home, it sends father and son on a journey to get him out of prison and back into the sky so that Christmas can happen.
Now, we’ve all heard the “Christmas being cancelled” storyline before, but in this instance it doesn’t really matter too much. Get Santa is a piece of warm hearted family entertainment with some genuinely funny moments – certainly enough to keep adults and children alike interested and entertained. And, given all the references to other movies, grown-ups will most certainly be playing Spot The Film. ET comes to mind when Santa and his reindeer fly across the moon, there’s a re-working of Braveheart’s most famous line and the escape tunnel hidden behind a poster takes us back to ……. well, you get the picture.
The well-chosen cast deliver nice performances. Hidden underneath the white beard and hair is Jim Broadbent, as a very twinkly Santa. And what the prison barber (Steven Graham) does with his hair and beard while he’s in the clink is worth the price of the ticket alone! Rafe Spall is suitably sceptical as Tom’s father, but we could have done with more of Warwick Davis. Despite what you might assume from the posters and trailer, he isn’t an elf at all and, although his trademark dry humour is there, there’s simply not enough of it.
Mums’ rating: 6/10 Christmas is a time for tradition and Get Santa has it by the sled load, with a nice contemporary twist on top instead of a fairy. Don’t expect anything especially surprising or original. Just go along and enjoy an hour and a half of comfortable family entertainment that will give everybody a nice, fuzzy glow.
And just hope that you don’t find yourself behind bars – unlike Santa, myself and London Mums’ Editor, Monica Costa ……..!
Get Santa is released nationwide on Friday, 5 December.
Check London Mums’ exclusive interviews with the Cast and the director!
Film critic and radio presenter Freda Cooper has been a movie fan all her life – the best qualification for the job! A contributor to a number of film websites, she also presents her weekly podcast, Talking Pictures, a finalist in the UK Podcasters Awards. Her movie blog, formerly The Coops Review, is now also called Talking Pictures, and was shortlisted at this year’s UK Blog Awards. And you can hear her film reviews every Friday morning on BBC Surrey and BBC Sussex!