'Twas the Night (2001) starring Josh Zuckerman, Brenda Grate, Bryan Cranston, Jefferson Mappin, Barclay Hope, Torri Higginson, Rhys Williams directed by Nick Castle Movie Review

'Twas the Night (2001)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Bryan Cranston and Josh Zuckerman in 'Twas the Night (2001)

'Twas a Children's Movie

It's the day before Christmas and Danny (Josh Zuckerman) is in trouble for trying to sell his junk to his little brother as not only did he forget to go Christmas shopping but he has no money either. But then Uncle Nick (Bryan Cranston) shows up and whilst Danny's parents are not happy to have the con artist in their home Danny loves him, totally unaware that he is on the run from some heavies. Things take a turn for the interesting when Nick's computer causes problems with Santa's (Jefferson Mappin) new high tech sleigh and Santa knocks himself out trying to go back up the chimney. Whilst Danny feels guilty and thinks they should do Santa's deliveries for him Nick has other plans as he uses Santa's box of tricks to rob the places they go. When Santa comes to Danny's brother and sister help him to try and get the sleigh back.

"'Twas the Night" is a Disney Original movie, a Christmas movie really for very young children who will amused by the simple humour and obvious gags. There is nothing wrong with that as whilst we have some merry mischief making with Nick using Santa's gadgets to steal things there is of course a moral message about doing good. But it is all appropriately simple, from the amusement of Santa being tied up with Christmas lights to sight gags such as Nick shrinking a grand piano to steal it. As such "'Twas the Night" is a fun little movie for young children which will keep them entertained when you have something better to be doing.

Having said all that I have to say that "'Twas the Night" is only for children and if you choose to sit and watch this with a child you will find your mind wandering as it has nothing for adults. In fact the far fetched cuteness of it all is a bit overwhelming and if I was being brutally honest the fun performances can become annoying.

What this all boils down to is that "'Twas the Night" is a fun little Christmas movie for young children but not for anyone else as it is too simplistic and cutesy.

Tags: TV Christmas Movies, Christmas Movies