The 1947 holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street is transplanted to the 1990s with few changes in this family-oriented remake. The screenplay by the prolific John Hughes sticks close to the original outline, centering on Macy's executive Dorey Walker (Elizabeth Perkins) and her young daughter Susan (Mara Wilson), neither of whom much believes in the spirit of Christmas. Dorey is in charge of hiring Macy's Santas, including an old man named Kriss Kringle (Richard Attenborough). He does a remarkably convincing job, and he soon reveals that he actually believes himself to be Santa Claus. The authorities threaten to place the old man in an insane asylum, but a young lawyer comes to his defense. Meanwhile, Dorey and Susan find their own defenses melting and become reacquainted with the power of faith. Hughes and director Les Mayfield add a few modern touches, making Susan slightly more cynical and adding the requisite soulless corporate villains. Viewers familiar with the original may still prefer Edmund Gwenn's original Kris Kringle and consider the remake unnecessary, although the newer version reflects enough of the earlier film's spirit to prove entertaining to modern family audiences.~Judd Blaise
Nothing like a John Hughes movie, It's too bad the Blu-ray menu isn't a little more attractive, it's juts a poor still from the movie, wish they had some Extra's or a commentary by at least one of the actors or anyone that worked on the film. It's a great remake of the original a Miracle on 34th street, only John Hughes touch could make this better then the original I think. It's a fun Christmas movie for the family and friends.
When this John Hughes remake of the original Miracle on 34th street opened in the late 90’s it failed to find an audience. It deserved better. Now 20 years later thanks to home video/DVD it has found its place as it’s own classic. Great performances from the adult cast and a wonderful job from child star Mara Wilson it a must watch every year along with the original.
I have watched both vintage and recent versions of this great film, and both are very well done. There some minor alterations to this newer version, which make the story just as interesting. It still carries both happy and emotional scenes just as the earlier 1947 edition did, and the acting is well done. I liked both well done version, but my favorite is still the original version.
Probably more of a 3.5. Good performances, but nothing better than the original. There are a few things I like in this version [SLIGHT SPOILER ALERTS AHEAD]: Santa is given an even stronger reason to bop someone with his cane, but at the same time, it's still Santa losing his cool to the point of violence and it also turns the rival store into more of an evil entity instead of just being crafty competition. Plus, I like Santa's use of sign language instead of a foreign language.
Courtroom Logic: I think the original's "letters to Santa" reasoning works better, with the newer one basically being "you don't question the existence of this, so why question the existence of that?" ... as if that's something that could actually hold up in court. Yes, it's a movie about Santa being real, but that doesn't mean all reality and logic should be thrown out the window!
Still enjoyable, but with reservations.