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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2013
I love this movie! While I often think no remake does a better job than the original, this one comes pretty darn close. I enjoy watching it almost if not just as much as the original. And it appeals to my young children more than the original does. So that is a bonus. Definitely a must-have for your Christmas DVD collection!
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on October 10, 2001
You'll fall in love with the magic of Christmas all over again with "Miracle on 34th Street," the modern day remake of the 1947 classic film about a young girl who gets the ultimate Christmas wish when she meets the real Santa Claus. With an extremely likeable cast, a faithful adaptation of the original material, and holiday spirit and cheerful execution to boot, this is one holiday film you won't want to miss.
Set in our time, the film opens with the Cole's Thanksgiving Day Parade, as Dorey Walker (Elizabeth Perkins) comes upon a severely drunken actor who has been employed to play Santa Claus in the parade's send-off. Her problems are solved when she runs across the delightful Kris (Richard Attenborough), who bears a striking resemblance to the real deal. She convinces him to replace the now-inept actor, and the parade goes off with nary a fault.
Kris's authenticity touches many of those who come in contact with him, including Dorey's young daughter, Susan (Mara Wilson), who is a non-believer. Kris, along with family friend Bryan Bedford (Dylan McDermott), sets out to make a believer out of Susan, all the while charming the children who sit in his lap at the department store, and causing a buzz of good publicity for the department store.
All of this is done with a great deal of charm and holiday spirit. The movie is one of the better modern Christmas films I've had the pleasure of seeing. The fact that it is based on a classic is of no importance, because it keeps the spirit and wisdom of that previous film and instills into a setting we can better relate to.
It keeps in touch with the original's many touching moments. One that comes to mind is Kris's conversation with a deaf little girl, a truly touching moment that rides the movie's emotional carriage home. It's scenes like this that give the movie such an uplifting sense of direction and spirit, along with the central message, as Kris so magnificently puts it, that "if you can't accept anything on faith, then you're doomed to a life dominated by doubt."
The real delights come from the cast, a perfect addition to the movie's already wonderful story execution. Richard Attenborough is a marvelous actor, and bleeds of good cheer and high spirits; he is the ideal Santa Claus, and his performance is very touching. Equally touching is the acting of little Mara Wilson, who plays Susan with a wit beyond her years, but also provides her with the same childhood skepticism that captivating young minds are so capable of. McDermott and Perkins can't hold a candle to their two costars, but their acting is nonetheless superb, and very believable.
There's nothing to find fault with in this beautifully crafted holiday film, and however you look at it, "Miracle on 34th Street" measures up to the standards of the original. Destined to become a classic, it develops a warmth and charm found in so little modern movies, and its intentions are nothing less than grand.
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on December 10, 2000
I love that this remake didn't sell out very much, and put in too much modern stuff. It is very successful in keeping a "traditional" feel, with only a few exceptions. Mara Wilson is absolutely delightful and classic in her performance, and I really like Elizabeth Perkins' reproduction of the original role. And Dylan McDermott, whom I typically find very flat and dull, is sweet and charming as the sincere bachelor attorney with an eye for Perkins.
Richard Attenborough is amazing as Santa, at least as good as the formidable original. The scene in the original featuring Santa visiting with the Dutch war refugee girl is replaced in this remake with Santa visiting with a little deaf girl. The scene in the original is about as sweet as any scene in any movie ever, and the remake is even sweeter! The deaf girl's face, when Santa talks to her in sign language, is absolutely worth the price of this DVD.
The only real weakness for me was the John DeLancie and Jane Leeves part of the movie, as two "evil" agents for the "enemy" department store (where all the upper management wears all black). They reminded me of Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern from "Home Alone" -- sort of bumbling bad guys in a bad cartoon sort of way.
So all in all, I really think that this version is as good or better than the original, which is simply too dated in a few respects for me to be able to enjoy unconditionally. I think both of them are definitely worth owning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2012
I really love this version of Miracle on 34th Street. This is the one my kids will remember more so than the older one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2003
Let me say two things.
1. I love old movies.
2. I mistrust remakes.
However, I loved this remake. It has become a regular part of our Christmas for the past 10 years. My wife loves it and I do as well. Get it now!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2014
Great movie, great condition. It arrived pretty quickly too. Well packaged and appears to be the same as of I purchased it directly from the store on my own but for much better price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2013
This movie is adorable, and an absolute must have for a holiday movie collection. A very sweet story of a girl who learns to believe in things beyond what she can see and understand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2014
A classic must have for any Christmas movie collector! DVD quality is good enough for me and helps me remember movies in the 90s. Great buy! - Merry Christmas!
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on September 17, 2001
Charming, well-acted and well produced. The child star is excellent. While some items are unreal, the story is so strong that it suspends reality. Opens avenues for discussing human relationships and adult interactions. The best. Entirely held kids' attention. Made them feel sad and then happy. "Pretty cool." Best for ages 8 to 12.
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on November 16, 2011
It is rare that we see good remakes of classics, but in this case it is a winner. We have to remember that the story had to be adapted to a new era. They did it without losing the beauty of the orginal story, its lessons and the magic. I love it and I listen to both versions every year during the holiday season.
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