Deck the Halls
If you’re looking for something to put you in the Christmas spirit, take the whole family to see the film, Deck the Halls. Each year, in his small New England town, Steve Finch (Matthew Broderick) becomes so enthusiastic about Christmas that he goes overboard. His life revolves around the town’s winter festival, he grows his own Christmas trees and he makes his family wear matching sweaters for the annual Christmas card photo. (I don’t see anything wrong with that. In fact, should also make the family pets wear matching sweaters.) Everything is running smoothly when a brash, loud mouthed, used car salesman named Buddy Hall (Danny DeVito) moves into the house across the street. His goal is to decorate his house with so many lights that it could be seen from outer space. Steve is jealous so he sabotages Buddy’s lights and the battle begins. The end of the movie comes quickly when they stop fighting, share a meal together, and redecorate the house with lights. At first, the lights don’t come on and the whole town stands together waving their lighted cell phones singing, Oh Holy Night. (Give me a break. At this point, maybe I should have walked out but since I’m blind I couldn’t find the door and the end of the film was minutes away.) This is definitely not one of the best Christmas films ever made. In fact, it isn’t even somewhere in the middle. The jokes and sight gags aren’t funny, the acting is lame and if the ice at the winter festival would have been as thin as the plot the skaters would have broken through and drown. You definitely do not want this movie to show up in your Christmas stocking. However, go ahead and take the family, enjoy the Christmas songs and have some mindless fun for an hour and a half. I’m showing my Christmas spirit and giving this film a C rating.
This movie has been given a PG rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.