December 13 - Christmas Movie Countdown
December 13: Miracle on 34th Street (1994 version)
My family used to watch this every Thanksgiving. That tradition has somewhat died, but this movie still deserves to be acknowledged at Christmastime if for no other reason that the guy from “American Horror Story” was the dude in love with Matilda’s mom in Miracle on 34th Street. There’s a complicated link. (I’m determined to win the next 6-degrees-of-Kevin-Bacon game I play.) This movie is a remake and although I haven’t seen the original, I think the ‘90s version does a great job of showcasing the story. How and why do we come to believe the things that we do? The movie explores this question and although on its surface, it’s a feel-good Christmas movie, it doesn’t stick to candy canes and glitter; Kris Kringle signs with a deaf child, for example. The film isn't afraid to make bigger statements than just the simple "Santa is real." The best scene by far is the montage of “I Believe” signs and buttons. How can you not smile?
Place on Allie’s most-traditionally-watched list: 4
Best quote: Bryan’s entire ending speech. Whoever wrote that script was quite clever.