Santa Claus: The Movie Reviews
Absolute Christmas classic.
But the film loses some of that magic when the Top Elf is demoted and moves to a city to help a shady toy creator make some new toys. Lithgow hams it up like crazy.
It's around this part where we begin to see this sub plot about a homeless boy Santa befriends. He tells Santa he has no family, no home, no money and no food...and Santa basically leaves him behind only to return a year later to bring him a wooden figurine??? This just angered me. You set up the whole first half that Santa is this great man who loves all kids and making them happy, but he doesn't do anything to help the boy to NOT be a bum?
Add in some really awful effects, the flying letters looked animated even!
It's decent but nothing I'd ever watch again. And the message to kids that we don't need to help the homeless is just an awful part of this movie.
Dudley Moore and John Lithgow obviously needed cash when they starred in this film, which for both actors was a low point in their respective careers.
My advice? Don't waste your time.