11 Christmas Films : Miracle on 34th Street (7)

Miracle on 34th Street is a 1994 American Christmas fantasy film written and produced by John Hughes, and directed by Les Mayfield (the two would reunite for 1997’sFlubber). It stars Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott, and Horatio Sanz, and is the fourth remake (and the second theatrical version) of the original 1947 film.

Frederic : This film is far from being the greatest Christmas film ever. But by the 7th one watched, I’ve reached a point where I go “what’s one more incoherence ?”. Is there much logic to be found in these anyway ? ┬áThe idea of the “In god we trust” on the dollar bill certainly is the only good idea of this film, that is not unpleasant to watch on the whole, but not essential to watch at all either.

Luke : I like it, especially with the great late Richard Attenborough in it. It isn’t a great film, I’ll give you that for sure, but it’s a festive family film and something that the kids would enjoy, it has it’s usual jokes and fun characters.

Joshua: This movie is a classical movie for an American christmas evening. It’s far from being too patriotic, but as a European citizen it’s too American. Although I really like the performance of the then 6-year old Mara Wilson.



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