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Another Sequel--Fun, but Overdone,
This review is from: Santa Clause 2 (Widescreen Edition) (DVD)
Well, I have to preface this review by saying that The Santa Clause (I) might be my favorite movie EVER, and so of course I was expecting great things from the sequel. After seeing it in the theater I did feel that sense of early Christmas magic (didn't hurt that it was snowing out), but also an empty sense of yet another dissapointing sequel.
Sure, the kids will love this movie, that is if they aren't sCaRed by it. (Yes, evil-toy-come-to-life imitation Santa is one frightening dude.) But if you really want a movie that'll enrich the family Christmas spirit, go for the original. The Santa Clause II is simply TRYING TOO HARD--there are too many tangled plot lines that are supposed to be rather wry, but end up feeling cheezy and awkward. Yes, I mean the council of mythical beings, the whole "Mrs. Clause" idea, that gross farting reindeer, etc etc. Surely it still has moments of genuinely warm humor and Christmas cheer, but the magic is gone. Oy that sounds insincere, but I mean it.
The simple conflict of family tensions and believing in Santa has been resolved--so they desperately need new ones, but those that they have come up with simply don't feel right. Luckily, Eric Lloyd still plays Charlie, and he's wonderful and quite believable. (yes, he made me cry) And of course, Judge Reinhold as Neil, my favorite--still wearing those creepy sweaters. Actually, my REAL favorite is David Krumholtz as Bernard (!!), but unfortunatley Bernard is no where near as surly as he was in the last movie--he's become virtually without personality, only to be replaced by the annoyingly surly elf Curtis.
Ok, but I said that this movie was fun, right? Well, Tim Allen does prop up all of the extraneous plot lines and saggy jokes with his very funny but solidly likeable portayal of Santa-dad. And for some reason, it does invoke feelings of Christmas cheer. But after that some nausea. So I'd reccommend 1 over 2, unless you're a DIEHARD FAN like me...which is somewhat odd considering this is a xmas movie geared towards seven year olds! However, if you're really at a loss for xmas cheer, rent it and have a really OK time.