Let’s face it, everyone loves Christmas. Even those who don’t celebrate it, because even they get a day off of work. And that, is a good thing.
Christmas movies are either hit or miss, you either get a great movie (The Christmas Story), or a complete failure (Santa Clause 3). Deck The Halls, oddly, falls right in the middle. While I enjoyed the movie, and had a few good chuckles, overall, it wasn’t a movie where I’d run out and see it again.
The cast is overall, a great cast. How can you go wrong with Ferris Bueller, one of the Twins, Kristin Davis, and Kristin Chenoweth. There’s an extremely large talent pool to delve into with this cast, and some great lines were written up for the four adult cast members. The children were less memorable. It seems as though any actor could have been popped into the roles of the children, and it wouldn’t have mattered much. They don’t stand out as being the next best thing (like seeing Dakota Fanning’s little sister, Elle on an episode of Law & Order: SVU not long ago). However, they fill their roles accordingly. Be cute, be funny, but not too cute, or too funny.
The story is a typical Christmas story, one neighbor wants to out-do the other, in a battle of “I’m more Christmas than you”. Danny DeVito’s character “Buddy Hall” (get the reference to the movie title? Deck The Halls? Don’t you sometimes want to deck your neighbor? I know I do.) wants to make his house visible from outer space. To get there, he buys out every twinkling lightbulb, every decoration possible, and rigs it all up to a fancy iPod DJ machine, to coordinate light with music. I’m sure this was all done in CGI, but still would impressive if you ran across this display at someone’s house. I’d also pity the neighbors who could see the house every night.
Matthew Broderick’s character, Steve Finch, lives across the street, and is furious at the craziness that his neighborhood has become, since this spectacle came about, and is determined to stop it, anyway he can.
They start challenging each other, and playing pranks on each other (as any good neighbor should), leading up to the “warm family moment”, where they all realize that the most important thing at Christmastime, is family. It’s a good story for people to bring their kids to. Cute, full of laughs (some of those, kids won’t get, but adults do, jokes, too), and a good wholesome family story.
I liked it more than I thought I would. I figured the only reason I’d watch it, would be to write a scathing review of it, as we know I love reviewing terrible movies. But, I don’t have anything negative to say about Deck The Halls, if you want a decent Christmas movie to take your kids or neices and nephews to see, pick this one, skip that other Christmas movie, with that guy from “Tool Time”.
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