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Fred Claus (film review) *contains spoilers*



Film: Fred Claus
Year: 2007
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Directed By: David Dobkin
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, Elizabeth Banks
About: Fred Claus, Santa's bitter older brother, is forced to move to the North Pole to help Santa and the elves prepare for Christmas in exchange for cash.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzXjtxZaGS8

My Review:
Over the Christmas period I decided to watch some films that I hadn't previously seen before and one of those being Fred Claus I thought that this was different to other Christmas movies as it focus' on Santa's brother rather than on Santa himself but also on how to keep Christmas alive and not have it closed down. By having Vince Vaughn as the main character in this I had good expectations for this movie as I generally enjoy everything in which I have seen him in.

I thought that Fred Claus was good in how it showed how Nicholas became a saint and how he is able to be Santa with the family not being able to age as a result of becoming a saint. I also thought that by having Fred as someone who doesn't like Christmas because his brother always outshone him was something in which I thought siblings would be able to relate to with the rivalry. Having Fred also have to go from just wanting money from his brother to actually wanting to help the children around the world and be the big brother that Nicholas looked up to. By also showing the child at the start that he was wrong about Christmas and that it isn't a waste of time and that every child is a good child and deserves to be happy on Christmas I thought was really nice to watch. Not only this but I thought that the film was funny with the same song being played over and over which annoys Fred and makes him act out which is something in which I feel people are able to relate to. Not only this but by having one of the elves hopeless in love with someone who can't even remember his name and watching him feel like he isn't good enough for her is something in which I thought was nice to see in a film as was relateable for people as well as seeing how he gets the girl at the end after saving Christmas was really sweet and made this an amazing ending for me. Finally, by having someone try to sabotage Christmas due to not getting what they wanted when they were younger and trying to get rid of all holidays was rather saddening but I liked how at the end he came around and with the help of Santa changed his job to helping make sure Christmas was able to be a good time for all of the children all over the world.

I don't really feel that Fred Claus is able to improve and that it was a good film in which I think the whole family would really enjoy and is different from the normal Christmas movies in which people always watch. By making this film more relateable to people in different ways I think that it adds something for everyone and is a film in which  I would definitely see again next Christmas.


My Rating: 4/5 

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