This review may contain some spoilers, please keep that in mind when reading.
Summary: A simple act of kindness always sparks another, even in a frozen, faraway place. When Smeerensburg’s new postman, Jesper, befriends toymaker Klaus, their gifts melt an age-old feud and deliver a sleigh full of holiday traditions.
Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes
Cast: Jason Scwartzman, J. K. Simmons, Rashida Jones, Will Sasso, Neda Margrethe Labba, Sergio Oablos, Norm MacDonald, Joan Cusack, Evan Agos, Sky Alexis, Jaeden Bettencourt, Teddy Blum, Mila Brener, Sydney Bower, Finn Carr, Kendall Joy Hall, Bailey Hermida, Tucker Meek, Leo Miller, Lucian Perez, Bailey Rae Fenderson, Emma Shannon, Ayden Soria, Julian Zane Chowdhury and Emma Yarovinsky.
Directors: Sergio Pablos and Carlos Martínez López
Writers: Sergio Pablos, Jim Mahoney and Zach Lewis
Jesper is a spoilt young man who doesn’t want to work, so his dad sends him to the worst place he can think of for a year. The small town has been at war with itself for centuries, two competing families and they like it that way. Jesper finds the toy maker up in the hills and together finds a way start receiving letters from children and giving them toys. Changing the way everyone in the small town lives for the better.
This was a unique tale of Christmas and how (Santa) Klaus came to be. With the small town being so unique and at war with each other it gave the movie a comedy edge seeing what they were all doing to each other.
I liked the character progressions with the town, Jesper gradually grew up and learnt how to fend for himself. The children learnt that what the grown ups say isn’t always true and wanted to learn. The adults had to learn to coexist and the local teacher learnt that running away wasn’t needed. They all started doing small things around the town that build up to big things and they made a difference to everyone that lives there.
The story was so different to what I expected, I was hoping it would be more magical and Christmassy tale than it was but it was very sweet still. It had a more serious storyline, with comedy and though featured Christmas it was more of a build up to Christmas story than an actual Christmassy movie. I did enjoy watching this story unfold though and meeting the characters, seeing how things changed for the better for them.