Kevin Sorbo’s eyes said more than words ever could in “The Santa Suit”
Rhonda from Georgia sent us this great “The Santa Suit” review. Thanks, Rhonda!
This heart-warming holiday movie takes the classic story of A Christmas Carol and gives it a modern day twist. Kevin Sorbo plays Drake Hunter, the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of Hunter Toys, who has a Scrooge-like attitude when it comes to Christmas… All it means to him is making money, and lots of it, and to that end he plans to dispatch Santas to malls with instructions to tell the kids to remind their parents that Hunter’s Toys are the best!
Unbeknownst to him, the real Santa is watching and is none too pleased with what he sees. So, he decides to teach this Scrooge a lesson, and at the same time, help him find the inner Santa within him. To do so, he turns Drake into his lookalike, complete with white beard and round belly. Thanks to some very creative editing, the T.V. viewers see Drake as he is, but, the characters around him see Santa.
I love the way Kevin played Drake as Santa-in-denial at first, but, then, accepting what has happened and making the best of it. He finds himself having to get a place at the local shelter where he meets a social worker (Jodie Dowdall) and strikes up a friendship with her. In order to stay there, he must get a job as a department store Santa… how ironic!
His first act of kindness comes when he saves the job of the store elf (Darrell Faria), but, the real turn begins when a little girl comes to the store where he is working. She comes every day, but, seems afraid to say anything to him. He begins to sense that the child needs him for some reason, but, he doesn’t know why until he follows her home one day and makes a stunning discovery: She and her mother live in the same house he and his parents lived in when he was a child!
That brings me to my favorite scene in the movie as an emotional Drake/Kriss tells the social worker about his childhood and the great sacrifice his dad made so he could have the bike he wanted so badly. I had to wonder if this memory had something to do with his hardened attitude later in life.
Kevin has always been able to pull off these scenes in the past, and he didn’t disappoint here. Believe me, it was all I could do to keep from shedding a few tears myself!
Something I’ve always admired about Kevin is the way his eyes express the feelings of the character he’s playing. In this movie, despite the amount of dialogue he had, his eyes said much more than words ever could, especially in the scenes with Gemma and the social worker. His facial expressions told the story in such a heart-warming way.
What can I say? I hope Hallmark does the right thing and releases this wonderful movie on DVD, so everyone can enjoy it and learn an important lesson: that there is more to life than making money.
(Photos courtesy of The Hallmark Channel)
Upcoming air times (many thanks to Kevin’s Official Website) U.S. Eastern Time:
Thursday, Dec. 23, 6:00 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 24, 2:00 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 31, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 1, 4:00 a.m.
In Canada on the W Network:
Friday, Dec. 24, 4 p.m.
In the UK (courtesy of the OESKFC Website) on Sky Channel 327 & Virgin Media Channel 419:
Wednesday, Dec. 22, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 23, 1:00 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 27, 11:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 28, 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 29, 9:00 a.m.