Klaus, Netflix’s 2D animated story about the origins of Santa Claus is a movie I wanted to love more than I did.
I really like the above image because it reminds me of Christmas cards I’ve received in the past. I also definitely like the films central message: ‘A true selfless act always begets another.’ I just didn’t thoroughly enjoy the way it was all executed.
Part of the issue for me is the lack of newness and surprise in the story. And when the story did unfold in the expected way – since almost everyone knows Santa’s story, the delivery wasn’t such that I was enthralled or delighted by much of it. I’ve now realised, for better or worse that I’ve come to expect a certain level of delight when watching animated movies and Klaus just didn’t bring it for me.
Lastly, I found that the combination of the animation style, highly muted colours – most of the time, and the pace of the story just didn’t really help matters.
Give Klaus a chance if you’re really curious. Perhaps you’ll be more enthralled and even moved than I.
Happy Film Loving