Miracle on 34th Street

Title: Miracle on 34th Street
Year: 1947
Length: 96 minutes
Director: George Seaton
Writer: George Seaton, story by Valentine Davies
Starring: Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, Gene Lockhart, Natalie Wood
Music: Cyril J. Mockridge
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Screenplay, Best Story and Best Supporting Actor (Gwenn); Oscar nomination for Best Picture

My reaction
Synopsis: a man who claims to be Santa Claus gets a sanity hearing
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Concept: Great.
Story: Good.
Characters: Good.
Dialog: Good.
Pacing: Great.
Cinematography: Bad.
Special effects/design: Good.
Acting: Good. Gwenn and Lockhart are great. O’Hara is pretty bad – or at least made some terrible choices.
Music: Indifferent.
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good). Cute and amusing. Surprisingly, it doesn’t feel very Christmassy for a movie that has so much to say about Christmas.  It looks at Christmas from outside.
Objective Rating: 8/10 2.9/4 (Good).


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