The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Classic '70s Christmas tale has some very mild peril.
Woeful Santa brings little holiday cheer.
Another adaptation of the book, but is mostly a painful extension of the Rankin and Bass cartoon. This becomes no more apparent than when they decide to just throw in the Heat/Snow Miser songs. In the same sad way that Ron Howard's Grinch used the song from the 60's version. It's a highlight, but it just reminds us how unimaginative and tacky the remake is. We have a needless antagonist that wants to replace Santa with Extreme Santa, and Jangle is obsessed with urban culture and television. Towards the end it picks up, when I forgot the main plot of the film, and it focused on the son and his politician father. Goodman is fine as a cranky Santa, but he's just playing himself. McKean and Fierstein have some fun as the Miser brothers, even though I don't think Fierstein's voice suits the singing sections. The cartoon has more heart, more soul, and doesn't go for forced "humour".
There are many many many legends how Santa Clause was brought to life, here is my favorite which I was told by a friend long time ago some details I remember:
There was a old Man living in Norwegians Forests and he use to make those Wooden Toys for kids who were living in the nearest Village, so every Christmas he went in to Village and brought all those nice Wooden Toys for the Kids. This is all I know.
Watch it to see the live-action version of the Cold Miser and Heat Miser scenes. The Miser brothers were worth seeing; their scenes are faithfully recreated from the '74 Rankin-Bass original; same song too. Harvey Fierstein and Michael McKean play them well.
The rest of the movie is terrible to watch. John Goodman looks okay in a Santa costume, but he plays it bored and cranky Santa. The other characters are mostly rude and greedy. The kids are undeserving and annoying. This is not a magical film. Santa's operation is depicted as a business empire concerned with the exploitation of the parents' dollars each year.
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