Cert: PG Runtime: 89 mins Director: Brian Levant Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Jake Lloyd, Phil Hartman and Rita Wilson
Put that cookie down!
It’s that time of year again when we watch a lot of movies. Recently I have been thinking back of what I haven’t seen in a very long time. Jingle All The Way came into my mind instantly! It’s not a perfect movie but it’s by far one of the last great Christmas films. You could never make a film like that any more and it’s a great depiction of 90’s culture. What’s Jingle All The Way about you ask? Workaholic Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger) wants to make things up to his son, Jamie (Jake Lloyd), and wife, Liz (Rita Wilson). He promises to get Jamie the hottest toy of the season, Turbo-Man — even though it’s Christmas Eve and the toy is practically sold out. As Langston hunts down the elusive gift, he runs into mailman Myron (Sinbad), another father on the same quest. With the clock winding down, Langston’s moral code is tested as he starts to learn the real meaning of Christmas.
What I really enjoy about this film is no matter how ridiculous or poor it may come across as at times, it never slows down. One scene in particular I really like contains a lot of department store Santas in an all out brawl because of some “nasty moral questioning”. The film is just childish, and you would have to be in that state of mind to really appreciate it, which I now know what I should be expecting, seeing as how I have viewed it many times by this point on numerous Christmas occasions. While just all out fun, I still am aware the movie is really cheap on a lot of things. Some things, like the ludicrousness of some of the calamities, make the movie utterly unbelievable and they try to fuse actual reality with the reality the film tries to set up.The movie just tries way too hard to please the audience; it’s probably the film that tries the hardest to make everyone laugh continuously that I have ever seen, and that just gets annoying sometimes and that is what gives the film it’s corny atmosphere.
While I said I enjoy the energy of the film, the movie is really just all over the place in performances, script and overall play value. I think some people went to see this movie not expecting to just have fun, and ended up focusing on every little detail, which if you do that, there is no doubt you’ll hate it.Don’t get me wrong, I told you I love this movie, but I love it in a certain way. I feel like it does not deserve a 10/10 on any occasion, but that’s just me. The energy and heart of the film are what I enjoy, but everything else is either mediocre or just plain bad, in my honest opinion. However, it is something that anyone can like in the right mind, especially at Christmas time with all your decorations, and family to watch it with you to, hopefully, make the experience more memorable and pleasing.