Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Tuesday's Forgotten Film: One Magic Christmas
Welcome once again to Tuesday's Forgotten, where we blow the dust off of a neglected film/TV series/etc. and give it the once over. Today I offer the 1985 Disney film One Magic Christmas.
Mary Steenburgen plays Ginny, a wife and mother who is quickly losing her Christmas spirit in the wake of her husband's unemployment and dwindling finances. Entering into the family fray is Gideon, a guardian angel, played by Harry Dean Stanton, assigned by Santa Claus to help Ginny rekindle her Christmas spirit. Gideon does this not directly, but through Ginny's children, particularly daughter Abbie.
What sounds like a typical Christmas redemption story is colored by some interesting plot choices. Although the film has a happy ending, much of the film is surprisingly dower and glum, especially for a Disney film, and the story takes the viewer to some pretty deep lows before getting to the high of an ending. It may be the most sober Christmas movie you'll see.
Find out for yourself while watching the entire film. Enjoy!