Miracle on 34th Street (1947) movie review
Nothing transitions Thanksgiving into Christmas quite like the original Miracle on 34th Street. Often imitated but never duplicated, this movie is beyond reproach and I will have words with anyone who says otherwise.
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I never thought about this before, but what, exactly, is the miracle? I used to think it was Kris avoiding commitment to Bellevue, but now, I think the real miracle is Kris manipulating Doris and Fred into buying the house. Perhaps I’m an ignoramus, but I’ve been watching this movie my entire life and NEVER MADE THIS CONNECTION UNTIL RIGHT NOW. And I’ve seen this movie many times. As in… probably over twenty viewings. I’ve seven seen this movie PROJECTED ON AN ORIGINAL PRINT. (It was missing maybe 5 seconds of footage, but close enough.) When it comes to the movie content, I consider myself an expert, but as to the subtext… I never even thought about the implications of the title before.
That’s just a taste of what Miracle on 34th Street has to offer. It’s one of the tightest flicks you’ll ever see and features a story that’s just as relevant now as it was when it was new. It has everything: romance, drama, scope, performances, scale… it’s a big movie that delivers in a tight 96 minute package. Avoid the four remakes and go to the original (color is acceptable, but black and white is the way to go) and genuflect to that which is not just one of the best holiday movies of all time, but just a great film in general.