“Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)

Miracle on 34th Street
Title:
Miracle on 34th Street
Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Family
Film Production Studio: 20th Century Fox
Run Time:
1hr 36 min
Starring: Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne


BLURB:

When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.

Classic Cinema Review by Audrey:

Since it is so close to Christmas, we thought we would spark our holiday spirit by watching a Classic Christmas Movie.  After deliberating over a few options, we finally agreed on Miracle on 34th Street, and I can say I was happy with our decision.  Of course,  holiday movies, and especially the classics, are required to include the child-like quality and cheesiness that viewers expect. 

Having watched a lot of Christmas movies over the years, some not so great and others hitting the holiday spirit exactly on point, I know what I was personally looking for; Overall good acting and a good lighthearted story to make me smile.  This is exactly what Miracle on 34th Street gave me.  The actors each portrayed their character how I wanted to see them represented.
I think Christmas movies have an unspoken criteria of required content.
1.) A skeptic that has taken the logical route
2.) The skeptic’s friend who strives to get them back to believing
3.) The child who pulls at everyone’s heartstrings
4.) And of course, Jolly Old St. Nick
Without each of these elements, how can it even be considered a Christmas movie exactly?

Christmas is a time that usually requires us to be around family and loved ones.  Regardless of whether or not you particularly enjoy the converging festivities with all of those family members, there is something special that comes with the craziness of holiday reunions and surrounding yourself with those you love.  Miracle on 34th Street, brings this to light in a subtle way that brings life to the characters and situation. It reveals a sense of purpose and an end game spotlighting what people desire-To be with those they care about and those who care about them, inevitably dealing with a few bumps in the road along the way.  And maybe also a reminder to open our hearts.

Audrey’s Rating: 5/6
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