Klaus (2019) A Review

Charming Movie with a really unique animation style. So much better than I was expecting from a kids Christmas Movie.


DIRECTOR: Sergio Pablos

STARRING: Joan Cusack, Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons

SCREENPLAY: Zach Lewis, Jim Mahoney

GENRE: Animation, Christmas

RUNTIME: 96 minutes

★★★★ 4 Stars

Nothing about this film was what I thought it was going to be. I went into it not expecting an awful lot to be honest.  Thinking it was going to be just another cutesy kids film, with very little to entertain a fully-grown woman in her 30s.  Turns out there are still some animation studios out there, that know what they are doing. 

Klaus is basically a retelling of the origin of the Santa Claus story.  Jesper is a super lazy postman, sent to Smeerensberg as a punishment.  If he can get the people of the town to send 6000 letters in a year, he can go back to his normal life.   But the town if filled with angry, feuding families and they neither want or need a postman.   When he meets Klaus, he stumbles upon the perfect scheme, get the kids of the town to write letters to Klaus in exchange for toys.  And this begins one of the most adorable and hilarious tales of the origins of Santa Claus, I have ever seen.

This film has some of the most unique animation I have seen in a long time, it almost looks more like cut scenes from a video game then a movie. It is actually beautiful to watch and I loved every second of it.  Yes it has the usual Christmassy gumph about good will and selflessness and love, but this film is so much more then that, and doesn’t ram it down your throat in that Hallmark kind of way.

Yes this is designed to be a Christmas movie, but there is plenty here for adults to enjoy.  The sarcasm is top notch, and the humour is actually pretty funny, big props to the writers of this one, the script is first rate!  

For me this one will definitely be a new Christmas favourite for me, and one I will enjoy year after year.  Don’t miss this one guys, it’s going to be a new family favourite.

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