I can't really call this a great movie. I hesitate to even call it a good movie. But there's enough good stuff in it that I can give it a moderate recommendation. For the first half hour, I was really into it. I liked their take on Santa's origins, and I actually really liked how seriously they took it. They treat it like a serious mythology, and that's a pretty cool take. Once his origin is covered though, it gets a helluva lot sillier to an almost cartoonish level. Santa's old school methods are being challenged by an amoral toymaker obsessed with money and efficiency and a well-meaning but na´ve elf who's helping him. A good idea I guess, and Santa talking about it has some nice moments, but despite a couple good laughs it feels like a step down from the stuff in the beginning. It basically feels like a totally different movie. Then there's the kids. I like the idea of these kids, but their actors are godawful and whoever wrote for them seemed to think all children talk like Bill and Ted. The first act of this movie is so good, and then it's just a lot of pretty good ideas executed in a sloppy manner, and some scenes showing off green screen effects that I'm sure they were proud of at the time but really haven't aged that well. There's enough in this movie I liked. I liked the mythology, I liked the set design of the North Pole, and I liked the guy playing Santa. I even liked some of the goofier moments with John Lithgow even if they contradicted the tone the film had earlier. I liked the movie enough that I can see myself coming back to it on future Christmases, and if you haven't seen it I do recommend checking it out if you're curious, but I just can't give this a positive rating. It's just not a very good movie. Still, it has some enjoyment in it, just be sure to moderate your expectations.