Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1994. Twentieth Century Fox, Hughes Entertainment. Screenplay by George Seaton, John Hughes, based on the 1947 screenplay by George Seaton, from a story by Valentine Davies. Cinematography by Julio Macat. Produced by John Hughes. Music by Bruce Broughton. Production Design by Doug Kraner. Costume Design by Kathy O’Rear. Film Editing by Raja Gosnell.
Marvelous update of the favourite Christmas classic is ruled by a superb performance by young Mara Wilson. She plays a little girl who decides that the department store Santa Claus (Richard Attenborough) at Macy’s is the real thing, and nothing including her cynical mother (Elizabeth Perkins) can convince her otherwise. Before she knows it, she is claiming all sorts of miraculous events as coming from him, and the entire city of New York turns its attention towards them in order to uncover whether or not it’s a hoax. It won’t be as well cherished by audiences as the original starring Edmund Gwenn and Natalie Wood, but it is a worthy holiday film for the whole family to enjoy. One beautifully filmed scene featuring Santa signing to a little deaf girl will have even the most hardened audience member wading in their own tears.