Welcome to my 31 Days of Christmas movie marathon. This is a feature where I watch a different Christmas movie every day from now until Christmas. The rules are simple: The movie has to be something I haven’t already seen and I must watch at least one Christmas-themed movie a day from now until December 25th. They’ll be some bad ones and hopefully a lot of great ones. Why put myself through this? Because it’s a good way to catch up on a lot of Christmas movies and a good way to satisfy my OCD.
On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Miracle on 34th Street
This film is the first of many holiday classics that I have never seen which are featured on my marathon of Christmas movies. I know, shame on me. This is the reason why I’m doing this crazy marathon – to catch up on all the movies that a cinephile “needs” to see.
The story, for those who don’t already know, is about a man named Kris Kringle who claims he is the one and only Santa Claus. After landing a job in Macy’s as the store Santa and befriending the special events coordinator, the beautiful Maureen O’Hara, along with her daughter played by Natalie Wood in one of her first starring roles, he makes it his goal to convince both mother and daughter that he, Santa Claus, is indeed the real deal.
Check out the rest of the review and the unintentionally funniest trailer for a movie EVER after the jump
At some point Mr. Kringle gets sent to court for what should have been an assault charge (he knocked a knucklehead in the noggin with his cane), but turns out to be a trial on whether Mr. Kringle is who he says he is. With the world watching the highly media frenzy of a trial the outcome for a ruling of Mr. Claus as a sane man and for all charges to be dropped seem hopeful. After all, the judge doesn’t want to come off as a Grinch and be known as the man who told the entire world that Santa isn’t real. I won’t tell you what happens, but you do know it’s a Christmas movie, right?
Now, aside from being one of the most inspirational warm-hearted movies ever, Miracle does a fantastic job of touching on the commercialism of Christmas, as well as the true power of faith one can have in something or someone, tangible or not.
Some of the actors give dry performances, but thankfully the leads turn in adequate performances. Thankfully, in a film with such a tight script as this one sub-par supporting roles can easily be overlooked.
Speaking of the script, I guess it should come as no surprise that the story originated from a man (Valentine Davies) who came up with the idea after being disillusioned as to what Christmas had become and wondered what would happen if the real Santa Claus were to walk into a giant department store in December.
For those of you looking for a Christmas movie to watch depicting a real magical and mystical North Pole resident see this film. It might not be as funny as Will Farrell‘s Elf or as cheesy as Tim Allen‘s Santa Clause but as a perfect Christmas movie, Miracle on 34th Street delivers.