November 2007 Ι 1h 56min Ι David Dobkin
Fred has always been the shadow of his little brother Nicholas (soon to be Santa Claus). Fred is desperate to get 50 000 dollars and ask his brother for help. Because Fred never visit Nick he has to come to the North Pole and work to get the money, something Fred isn’t very happy about. Meanwhile an efficiency expert is visiting to see if Santa’s Workshop should shut down.
Ho ho ho, it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas here! This movie just screams christmas, and I love it. Fred Claus is one of my favorite christmas movie because it’s so funny and it’s really Christmassy. It has a very changing environment, where we first start with a background story in order to understand the situation. Then the story continues in Chicago, and lastly at Santa’s Workshop. Sometimes with a changing environment the story can become messy but not this story, it was both coherent and very interesting. I personally like it when we get to see different environments.
One could complain and say that it’s very unrealistic but because of the background story we got in the beginning, I feel like the movie kind of prepares the viewer for that. Since it’s a christmas movie about Santa Claus among others I don’t really expect it to be realistic either. Other than that I just have to say that the graphics are amazing. Vince Vaughn is also a brilliant actor and he really makes it funny. The movie also shows us some great life lessons along the way. So to sum up why I LOVE this movie so much: It’s funny, romantic, eventful, interesting, coherent & very very Christmassy.