Fred Claus Review

Fred Claus Review

Following on from my movies out at Christmas post I went all out this week and went to see two movies. Elizabeth: The Golden Age on Thursday and Fred Claus on Friday evening.

Elizabeth: The Golden Age, even though I saw it a little bit later than expected was a good movie, one that you could just sit and watch, and more than anything learn from. I did manage to crack a joke and laugh about it myself about England being able to see the making of the spanish armada if they had google maps but it was definitely one of those “you had to be there” jokes.

Another Santa Claus Movie?

Vince Vaughan plays Fred Claus, who has been in his brother’s shadow all of his life not being able to live up to his mother’s expectations and watch Nicholas Claus (Paul Giamatti) getting all the credit for being the best son.

Fred in the present day is a repo-man with no money, a strained relationship and no luck. When a money making scheme goes wrong, Fred rings his brother to get him out of trouble. The deal is done and Fred has to travel to the North Pole to work for Nicholas to get the money he needs by working in the toy factory.

Fred not being a fan of all things Christmas isn’t exactly the man for the job and does not have much of a work ethic and could possibly put Christmas out of action.

This Fred Claus Review is not good

I am sorry everyone but trying to write the review is proving very difficult. In my opinion David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) didn’t do a good job of making a funny movie. I thought Wedding Crashers was a good laugh, but at points of the Fred Claus movie I would have rather tried pulling all of my teeth out.

Even though I am a firm believer that there has only been ONE Christmas movie and that is “Santa Claus The Movie” with Dudley Moore, I did try to enter the cinema with a fresh mind that something could be different. But it wasn’t there was not one thing inspiring about the movie.

Rachel Wiesz played Vince Vaughan’s girlfrind who was an englishwoman living in the States. I am sorry to say but no not all people speak like that in England and it drives me mad that directors and producers keep protraying an englishperson like that!

A Christmas let down…

Yes this is a bit of a rant more than a review but I strongly believe in what I have written, so please god, let The Golden Compass be better.

Overall Rating: 2/5

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