MEMORIES OF A FAVORITE MOVIE: ‘MIRACLE ON 34th STREET’

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Thanksgiving is a special time of year. For most, it’s just a day of eating our favorite side dish and planning Black Friday strategy. For me, through the years it’s become something different which is to spend the day with family, sometimes that’s just parents and other times it’s extended family, and at the end of it all, to watch a movie. One of my traditional favorites is a 90s re-make of a classic. As this is Thanksgiving eve, it seems that recounting my Miracle on 34th Street memories, and why it’s a bit of a special one, is appropriate.

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Through the years, Thanksgiving has looked different. But through it all, we’d end up on the couch watching Miracle on 34th Street, likely with a piece of pie. This because, unlike most seasonal films, the film begins with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, giving its due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The film, in brief, follows a career driven and somewhat cynical woman, Dorey, who’s young daughter is very practical and disbelieves in Santa. Through a series of events, Santa goes on trial which requires Dorey’s friend, Brian, to defend him.

In more recent years, we haven’t watched it because we try to keep up on the Hallmark movies, but to this day, this re-make remains one of my favorite seasonal, feel good movies. Because of this nostalgic feeling, the film deserves its own feature with a little reasons why I love the movie publication. miracle on 34th street memories


REASONS WHY I LOVE MIRACLE ON 34th STREET


THE DINNER

This is a “silly” reason to love this film, but I do love that the movie allows for some credit to be given to Thanksgiving; and the hilarious scene between Susan, her mother and Brian. In honesty, as they sit down to eat and Brian remarks on how good the food is, Susan shares that her mother catered the meal and earlier she tells a story of how her mother forgot to “sew the turkey’s bottom.” It’s just a funny bit in the film that always makes me laugh.

THE ROMANCE
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I am always and forever a romance movie junkie. The romance in here is ALL KINDS OF GOOD. It’s not primarily a romance so I cannot claim this as one of my favorite 90s romance movies, but let me tell you, the era of 90s movies with romance knew how to do it up right. miracle on 34th street memories

THE WHAT IF

Growing up, Santa Claus wasn’t a part of my life. Did I watch movies with the jolly character? Sure. But writing letters or having the notion that a man in a bright red suit left presents wasn’t my childhood. So setting that aside, one of the things I do like about this is the sense of belief in something we cannot disprove. For me, this looks well beyond a fabled figure like Santa Claus, and it’s an inspiring premise that we have, sadly, lost in our lives.

What about you? Do you like this adaptation? Do you prefer the older one? What are your thoughts on this version? Does it work or no? Comment all the comments down below! Let’s chat.

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MEMORIES OF A FAVORITE MOVIE: ‘MIRACLE ON 34th STREET.’ Chatting about memories of watching the 90s adaptation of Miracle on 34th Street. Text © Rissi JC

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7 comments

  1. I haven’t watched the newer version but I remember the older one and like the old nostalgic movies. My favorite Christmas movie us A Christmas Carol with Alistair Simm.
    A great version of the Nutcracker is the one with Maurice Sendak sets and costumes! It was done in the Pacific Northwest.

    1. There is SO many Christmas Carol versions and so I’ve only seen probably 2 or so? I think think I’ve seen the one you mention. I have once or twice seen the older version of Miracle on 34th Street. Just always loved the newer version. :) Gotta’ love when a movie gives you the nostalgia feels.

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