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When Santa Fell to Earth

  • Comedy
  • Family
  • 2011
  • Oliver Dieckmann
  • 107 mins
  • U

Summary

Two weeks before Christmas, the last thing Ben and Charlotte expected is for Santa to crash-land his sleigh in their town. Santa has just escaped the villainous Gerold Goblynch, recently named the new head of the Great Christmas Council.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Film-makers have been lamenting the commercialisation of Christmas since George Seaton's Miracle on 34th Street in 1947 and German director Oliver Dieckmann similarly dismisses the big-business mentality in this adaptation of a 2004 novel by Cornelia Funke (author of the Inkheart trilogy). The villain here is Gerold Geronimus Goblynch (Volker Lechtenbrink), who wishes to outlaw festive traditions and replace them with new customs revolving around expensive presents. Luckily, Niklas Goodfellow (Alexander Scheer) manages to escape in his caravan before he can be captured by Goblynch's sinister Nutcrackers. But he requires the help of youngsters Ben (Noah Kraus) and Charlotte (Mercedes Jadea Diaz) to regain control of the Christmas Palace. Despite being becalmed by the odd longueur and hindered by CGI that isn't quite up to Hollywood standards, this is an amiable tale that finds room amid the fantasy to touch upon trust, loyalty, neighbourliness and even the global recession.

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Credits

Cast

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Santa Claus / Niklas GoodfellowAlexander Scheer
Gerold Geronimus GoblynchVolker Lechtenbrink
BenNoah Kraus
Ben's motherJessica Schwarz
Ben's fatherFritz Karl
CharlotteMercedes Jadea Diaz
Christmas Angel MathildaChristine Urspruch
Christmas Angel EmmaunuelCharly Hübner

Crew

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DirectorOliver Dieckmann

Details

Theatrical distributor
Munro Film Services
Released on
2012-12-07
Languages
German
Formats
Colour
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