DVD Review: SAVING SANTA

PrintE-mail Written by Joel Harley

Saving Santa Review

Review: Saving Santa / Cert: U / Director: Leon Joosen, Aaron Seelman / Screenplay: Ricky Roxburgh / Starring: Martin Freeman, Newell Alexander, Noel Clarke, Joan Collins / Release Date: Out Now

Children, you're all special. You can be whatever you want to be. So said many a kiddies' cartoon, forever giving hope to the most average and mundane (save, refreshingly, for this year's Monsters University). Anything you want. Unless you're Martin Freeman, in which case you're doomed to play mildly exasperated British blue-collar variations on Tim from The Office forever.

Freeman trades in Hobbits for elves in Saving Santa, a colourful Christmas cartoon in which an outcast elf turns to time travel in order to save Christmas day. A would-be inventor cursed with bad luck and his contraptions' habitual (and catastrophic) breakages, Bernard D. Elf (geddit) is a character very much in the mould of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs' Flint Lockwood or Flik from A Bug's Life. There's even, as in the former, a device designed to translate animals' thoughts.

Sadly, where Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and A Bug's Life tried to give the adults in the audience a reason for watching too, Saving Santa is tediously childish at times. Lacking in wit and ambition, it's rarely funny and frequently dull. Worst of all is the singing, ranging from tuneless (Freeman) to uninspired (Ashley Tisdale). It all looks very nice though. The ever-reliable Tim Curry lends the film an air of class as villain Neville Baddington, while Joan Collins, Noel Clarke and Chris Barrie are fun in their respective (if brief) roles. And at least the time travel element adds variety to the otherwise predictable story, in a Groundhog Day, timey-wimey sort of way.

Younger children should have fun with the cute and cuddly Saving Santa, but everyone else will find it to be daft, forgettable, and a waste of a decent idea. It's harmless, but lacking the individuality that its very message suggests we all have. “A Christmas without Santa doesn't sound like fun at all,” sings Ashley Tisdale in the climactic Christmas song. Actually, it does, if this is the alternative.

Extras: None



Suggested Articles:
Also known, somewhat more appropriately, as The Man with The Severed Head, this 1973 French/Spanish
When a credits sequence presents its cast ‘in order of appearance’ and yet the final character y
A butcher (Titus Muizelaar) with a voracious sexual appetite works with an attractive young apprenti
Perhaps the reason the two Kojak telemovies didn’t take a UK DVD bow in 2012 when they, along with
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in DVD / Blu-ray Reviews

CRIMSON 15 August 2017

PROJECT EDEN VOL. 1 13 August 2017

MEAT 10 August 2017

KOJAK: THE PRICE OF JUSTICE 10 August 2017

KOJAK: THE BELARUS FILE 10 August 2017

KUNG FU YOGA 09 August 2017

RAW 09 August 2017

FREE FIRE 07 August 2017

THE TAISHO TRILOGY 03 August 2017

CAGE 01 August 2017

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner