Saturday, 16 November 2013

The Great Santa Rescue Pre-Release DVD Review


Review By Patrick Challis

AKA 'A Country Christmas'

Written By
Eric Brooks
Dustin Rikert
William Shockley

Directed By 
Dustin Rikert

A Team 2 Entertainment Film

Genre
Fantasy, Drama, Christmas

Cast

Joey Lauren Adams as Renae Logan
Illeana Douglas as Susan Satcher
Kevin Pollak as Max Schmucker
Caitlin Carmichael as Miley Logan
Abraham Benrubi as Santa Claus

Certificate U

Synopsis

When grumpy politician, Max Schmucker, tries to destroy the myth of Santa Claus, the world stops believing in the miracle of Christmas, causing Santa to lose his magical powers. 

When Santa’s sleigh crash lands on a small farm, it is down to brother and sister, Miley and Zach, to rescue Christmas by saving Santa!

Review

As a fan of Christmas movies and of Christmas itself, it's kind of hard to review the movie themselves.  A lot of the time they are cliched, cheesy and full of kitsch moments yet they work because when they are done well they are fantastic at showing the magical nature of that time of the season.

There have been some absolutely amazing Christmas movies and there have been some downright stinkers but where does this one fall?

Well, if I'm honest, it falls somewhere in the middle.

The movie itself isn't awful but neither is it particularly memorable either.  That said, there are some really familiar faces throughout the cast as well.  You have people such as Joey Lauren Adams, who to Kevin Smith fans will be familiar from the movie 'Chasing Amy'.  You also have Abraham Benrubi from the 'E.R.' television series, Kevin Pollak and even Illeana Douglas.

The performances throughout the movie range from being really heart felt, in the shape of the adorable Caitlin Carmichael and even Benrubi as Santa, up to the functional.  

It's the same with the writing.  The movie does fall in to a lot of the cliched traps that plague Christmas movies but you kind of expect that when you sit down to watch a movie like this.  Yet it gripped my little lad until the end of the movie and you can't want much more than that.

For the most part, the story has some good scenes of magic that had my little lad smiling and some actually funny moments that even had me smiling too.

All in all, not a classic Christmas movie by any stretch of the imagination, 'The Great Santa Rescue' is still worth picking up because it will no doubt entertain the little ones during this festive season.

Movie 6/10


"I likes it when the Elf uses his Christmas magic to help Santa.  I no like the naughty man that make Santa sad."

'The Great Santa Rescue' is available to buy from November 18th

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