The Santa Clause is this week’s movie. We chose it specifically because there are absolutely zero good Christmas movies available on the streaming services, and I’m pretty sure this proves that.
Despite some pretty solid performances from Tim Allen and David Krumholtz, this movie falls incredibly flat. The premise has a lot of promise, but the direction they decided to go is pretty baffling. Rather than spending screen time on Scott Calvin learning how to become Santa , how to use the Santa Magic and exploring the huge workshop at the North Pole, they thought that time would be better spent having Scott’s coworkers comment on how fat he’s gotten. There is a great Christmas movie in here somewhere, but they completely missed the mark.
On the pod itself, Mike and I debate the quality of the Judge Reinhold performance. I think he had a point if we were to continue with the movie as is, but I think the understated choice would have worked if the rest of the movie were a bit more over the top and Christmas-y. We end up climbing into each other’s heads and ruining surprises for each other. I’m still undecided whether it’s a cute, amusing example of two brothers being on the same wavelength or whether it was an indicator that we need to plan the pod better. Since I’m inherently lazy, I’m going to assume the former.
For the record: Die Hard is absolutely NOT a Christmas movie. It is an Action movie, straight up. The only way Christmas comes into play is as a reason for the company party. You could have found any excuse for a company party. It’s like saying The Last Boy Scout was a football movie, Sudden Death was a hockey movie, or Naked Gun was a baseball movie. Stop it.