FILM REVIEW: GET SANTA (U)

Local actor, Warwick Davis, gives us the best gift of all – a decent Christmas movie!

After being disappointed by Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?, I’d begun to think good festive flicks were a thing of the past. Get Santa has proven that there is still hope.


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Get Santa is a festive flick with a slightly rougher edge, perhaps down to the fact that the Director (Christopher Smith) has a history of making horrors (Triangle, Black Death and Severance).

It tells the story of 9-year-old Tom (Kit Connor), who – just a couple of days before Christmas – discovers that Santa (Jim Broadbent) has crash-landed into his garden shed. The young boy and his father Steve (Rafe Spall) need to help him get back to his workshop – which becomes an even greater challenge when Santa is arrested and thrown into prison. Can Steve and Tom break out the jolly big man in time for Christmas?


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Those that have seen Arthur Christmas will know that Jim Broadbent has the perfect voice for Santa. It turns out that he looks the part too. The Oscar winner (for Iris) completely won me over as Father Christmas. His performance is fantastic throughout.

The same can be said about Warwick Davis – who I interviewed for ESP Magazine just a couple of weeks ago (check out the video on this website). The popular actor plays a man mistaken for a Christmas Elf, and steals the show whenever he’s on the screen.

My biggest criticism is that there are too many Reindeer fart jokes, and certain scenes are a little too sickly sweet, but that’s OK – this is a Christmas film after all.

Watch Get Santa at Showcase Cinema, Peterborough with all the family. Visit www.showcasecinemas.co.uk for the latest up-to-date show times, and whilst you’re there – why not pick up a gift card? You can buy a £100 gift card for £75, a £60 card for £45 or a £50 for £40, which can be used towards all films and concessions. This offers runs until December 24.

Mikey Clarke

Genres: Comedy & Christmas

Cast: Warwick Davis, Jim Broadbent, Rafe Spall & Kit Connor

Running Time: 102mins

Directed by: Christopher Smith

See it if you liked: Arthur Christmas & The Santa Clause [youtube id=”_2EFmDpNqd8″ width=”600″ height=”350″]