Fred Claus

A couple of weeks ago we went to see Fred Claus. To me Vince Vaughn excels at the fast-talking wise guy and I didn’t know how that would play in a holiday or kids’ film. I was pleasantly surprised at the film.

The script cleverly weaves the story of the golden boy Santa Claus with the eponymous, black sheep brother. Both characters suffer and grow throughout the film, something I didn’t expect. Vaughn is perfectly cast as Fred Claus and Paul Giamatti and Kevin Spacey live up to their reputations. The DP did a good job making some regular height actors look like elves. The soundtrack seemed a little jumbled. But Sinéad O’Connor‘s heartbreaking rendition of “Silent Night” makes for a poignant scene at the end of the movie.

The film’s message of “even naughty kids deserve love, too” makes it appropriate for all ages, although it is a little long for the younger ones. If you liked the original The Santa Clause, you’ll probably like Fred Claus.

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