Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Christmas, Family, Fantasy.
Starring: Tim Allen, Eric Lloyd, Martin Short, Elizabeth Mitchell, Wendy Crewson, Judge Reinhold, David Krumholtz, Peter Boyle, Aisha Taylor, Spencer Breslin.
Year Of Release: 2006
Runtime: 92 Minutes
Director: Michael Lembeck
Synopsis: “Santa, aka Scott Calvin, is faced with double-duty: how to keep his new family happy, and how to stop Jack Frost from taking over Christmas.” IMDB
The gags and general content from the original film back in 1994 has drastically changed over 12 years, and the final chapter shows the signs. With the shortest running time, this has a very thin plot and tired looking performances that don’t really have the passion the original did.
It’s breath of ‘cold’ air comes from Martin Short as Jack Frost, one of the newcomers to the films cast, alongside the amusing and cantankerous Alan Arkin, to inject some fun into things. With an over-the-top but suitably creepy turn as our villain, he gurns and grins and sneaks his way along as only Martin Short can; camp and amusing for all the wrong reasons, but hard not to love.
Tim Allen is clearly devoid of new material and does a basic job, with little heart and passion, as a manic, bumbling and often inept Santa Claus; his turn as Scott Calvin is always better as he gets the chance to do a little more than run around looking stressed, but by now there is little real heart and meaning in the film and just focusing on slapstick gags and very thin sentiment.
The effects are a little cleaner and the set design is always improving film after film with the North Pole now a town rather than just a small underground workshop, and it’s cute and cuddly and Christmassy, but everything else is just a little lazy with no real meat to get stuck into.
It just about avoids being as childish as the second, but still comes over as tired and a little lost for ideas, and it certainly wraps up the story of Scott Calvin effectively with a sugar-coated finale that is eye-rollingly naff, but with this sort of silly festive offering, it’s no surprise at the end of the day.