This is a hilarious and charming British Christmas movie. It was released in 2014 and stars Jim Broadbent as Santa Claus. The plot of the movie is that while test driving a new sleigh 2 days before Christmas, Santa Claus loses control and crashes near London. The reindeer get loose and Santa asks 9 year old Tom Anderson (Kit Connor) for his help. Tom’s father Steve (Rafe Spall), who has just been released from prison, picks his son up to spend the day with him but finds himself helping Tom find Santa’s sleight. They also must help get Santa out of prison for attempted reindeer kidnapping.
There are not too many Christmas movies that I like because they try to be too cutesy. This does have some cute moments but the overall feeling is that of a holiday adventure story. The story line is unique because I’ve never seen one involving Santa in prison and trying to survive. Warwick Davis (Sally) is funny as a tough guy who Santa mistakes for an elf and Stephen Graham is very good as Barber, Steve’s inside buddy who helps Santa navigate life in prison. Joanna Scanlan (Ruth) plays Steve’s parole officer who has a pet toad and is portrayed as pessimistic about Steve’s chances of going straight.
Next to the Finnish Christmas film, Rare Exports, this has become one of my favorite Christmas movies. I would definitely recommend that everyone watch this at least once and see if you agree with me. I give this 5 stars out of 5 and will look to see if I can get it for my collection.