Recently, the girls and I were invited to the preview of "Get Santa" in London. There were plenty of activities to get them in the Christmas spirit before the film including face painting, stocking decorating and letter writing to Santa - the girls were in Christmas heaven!
I meanwhile was more concerned with the film. I love a good Christmas film. I look forward to the time of year when I can start indulging in Christmas Films and watching them back-to-back.
Enter "Get Santa". Get Santa, directed by Chris Smith, stars Jim Broadbent as Santa, and Rafe Spall, Jodie Whitaker, Kit Connor, Warwick Davis, Joanna Scanlon and Nonso Anozie amongst others.
Described by Chris Smith as "a fantasy with a subtext", Get Santa is a family adventure film about how nine year old Tom (Kit Connor) reconnects with his ex-con Dad Steve (Rafe Spall). Tom has to convince Steve that Santa has crash landed in London, days before Christmas, and needs their help to get back to Lapland in time for Christmas Eve. Meanwhile Santa is looking for his reindeer and sleigh which he has lost around the city and ends up in a sticky situation behind bars.Only Steve and Tom can help him now!
We loved "Get Santa". I thought that the film was well pitched to the kids. My seven year old loved it, although the five year old did get a bit fidgety, so I think slightly older children would enjoy the film more. The film was a really original and different twist on a Christmas story, The seven year old described it as "kind of like harry potter, and kind of like home alone, with a bit of Elf thrown in too".
Jim Broadbent makes a fantastic Father Christmas and I can't think of another actor who would be better suited. This is a terrific film for both adults and kids to watch. I would definitely recommend a trip to the cinema to see this film as it will help get everyone in the Christmas spirit.