Springing Santa (Film Review: “Get Santa”)

An instant holiday classic that proves even jolly St. Nick can have a rap sheet. And that reindeer communicate in the darndest way.


SnapShot Plot

Get Santa is a raucous British comedy with a good dose of slapstick that still manages to be tender and heartfelt, and even slightly melancholy. The perfect choice for this season’s kick-off weekend. It’s a refreshing variation on a hackneyed genre, a feel-good movie that won’t spike your blood sugar and will appeal to families and visiting in-laws of all ages.

Rafe Spall and Jim Broadbent lead a fantastic cast in this simple tale about a struggling father-son relationship whose bond is put to the test as they find themselves the sole protectors of the entire institution of Christmas. When Santa Claus (as only Broadbent can deliver him) suddenly appears holed up in the garage of young Tom, an imaginative and sensitive lad living with his Mom and stepfather outside of London, his predicament is dire. It’s Christmas Eve and he’s literally stranded. As Santa explains to Tom, the only person who can save the day is Tom’s genial but undependable father, Steve, a minor felon just out of prison on a bungled robbery (he even failed as a getaway driver). When Steve arrives, no amount of convincing from Santa will make him think that this affable white-haired man in a red suit is indeed Father Christmas, and he writes him off as a harmless nut job. But of course, it’s just a matter of time before Santa gets himself arrested for trespassing and winds up in the very prison from which Steve just did his time. Thus begins a romping adventure in and around London (and Beyond) as Steve and young Tom become true believers and embark on a mission to round up the reindeer and the sleigh, and plot an inside job to spring Santa from the clinker before Christmas is lost to the world.



Parting Shot

Produced by Liza Marshall and Ridley Scott (among others) with charming Production Design by John Frankish and cool song choices by Music Supervisor Rob Sutcliffe, Get Santa is clearly the kind of family movie that appeals to a sardonic audience who nonetheless still want to be reminded of the joys of the season. It was written and directed by Christopher Smith (better known for horrors and thrillers such as Creep, Triangle and Black Death) who described the idea for the film as an inclusive family drama about a broken family.” And in this way, the film honestly speaks to the splintered and fractured family ties which so comprise the complexities of modern life while still inviting that feel-good resolution at the heart of all holiday movies. It just does it without making your teeth sing.

Get Santa is presently streaming on Netflix.

Here’s a short behind-the-scenes video on the making of Get Santa, also featuring Warwick Davis, who almost stole every scene he was in:


YouTube Behind-the-Scenes Video Courtesy of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nutd0O-dgbg

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YouTube Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2EFmDpNqd8

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