Yeah, you never hear anybody ever talk about this one, now do you? Figure why not give this one more attention for the holidays.
One Magic Christmas is a 1985 American/Canadian Christmas fantasy film directed by Phillip Borsos. It was released by Walt Disney Pictures and stars Mary Steenburgen and Harry Dean Stanton. It was shot in Meaford, Ontario with some scenes in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
Gideon, a Christmas angel, is sent, by Santa, to help Ginny Grainger. Ginny is a cynic, and she hates Christmas. She and her family (husband, Jack and two kids, Cal and Abbie) have fallen on hard times, making it even harder to believe in anything that can’t be seen. With help from Abbie, and a trip to see Santa Claus himself, can Gideon find a way to make Ginny believe again?
I mean, with so many Christmas movies getting attention every year, it’s amazing that this one never really gets any attention. We always remember the bad Christmas films but this just goes under everybody’s radar for some reason. I didn’t know why but I figure that I’d watch it this holiday season to see if this is anything noteworthy.
After watching it, there is actually a lot more about this movie that I think should require it for more attention, I actually did find a lot about this movie to enjoy and it amazes me why there’s no real love for it in the decades since its’ release.
For one thing, the script by director Phillip Borsos, Barry Healey, and Thomas Meehan is smart enough to take a very clichéd story that has been done to death in numerous Christmas movies before and after this film came out and actually expand on it, do interesting new twists and turns and don’t just go for the clichéd and predictable outcomes, they tell a story and it’s a greatly told story.
The actors in this are great too, you get seasoned actors like Harry Dean Stanton and Mary Steenburgen, who are great in this, Elisabeth Harnois is really solid in here as Abbie, there’s a really good cast in this movie.
The direction by Borsos is nicely done and the cinematography by Frank Tidy is really good.
While this is certainly no classic on the levels of A Christmas Story or Christmas Vacation among others, One Magic Christmas does solidify as a movie that I think should be receiving more attention than it actually receives, there are key elements of this movie that do work very well and I definitely think that there is more to this than a lot of people give it credit for. If you can find it this holiday season on DVD, do check it out, it’s more than absolutely worth your time this Christmas.
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