Mr. Christmas is a simple children’s film about a family struggling to make ends meet during pre-WW2 and finding it more difficult when the war actually hits. Money is tight and tensions are high. The girls want specific items for Christmas and dad is finding it difficult to hold his head up high, while mom struggles with having to make handmade gifts when everyone’s buying them store-bought presents. In a fit of despair dad makes one last attempt to make his girls’ wishes come true, but fails. Christmas comes and both parent’s hearts break as the eldest girl asks, “Do you think letters to Santa get lost in the mail?”
While the title of the film obviously comes from the ending—which I won’t give away—it doesn’t fit the film. If you’re looking for magical answers and holiday frills, you won’t find it here. The family definitely has issues with Christmas and money and the ending, while cute, doesn’t give way to the thoughts that “Christmas magic takes away the pains of the world”.
That being said, it’s a realistic look at Christmas that beckons to ask: “Do you really know what Christmas is really about? Are you so caught up in presentations, holiday gatherings, and gifts that you, too, have forgotten to appreciate what you do have and to give thanks?”
Make it through the film, and you’ll walk away with a better appreciation of where you are in life, and what you can provide for your kids, yourself, and your community.
Disclosure: I was given a sample to review. This is "my opinion" of the product. I was not paid to give a positive review.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Labels: Movie Reviews-Holidays
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