For day 11 of our advent calendar I thought it would be a good idea to show to nice side of Jack Frost. Seeing as in his first appearance during day 10 he was presented as a big old meanie who was trying to steal Santa’s job, I feel he needs another try. So please give a big warm welcome to film number 11, Jack Frost.
Released in 1998, Jack Frost is the heart-warming tale of Michael Keaton’s second chance of being a good father. After letting his son, Charlie down time after time, thanks to his determination to get a big break in the music business, Jack Frost (Keaton) finally decides that enough is enough and chooses his son over his career. Unfortunately Frost passes away in a tragic car accident on the way home leaving behind his son and wife.
However, this being Christmas, Frost returns the following year thanks to a magic harmonica. But there’s one slight difference. Although he still has the same bat voice of Michael Keaton, he sure doesn’t look like him at all. For Frost has returned in the form of Charlie’s handmade snowman. As Charlie soon faces the fact that his father has risen from the dead as a snowman he realises he can’t reveal this to anyone and has very little time with him. And so father and son bond over the things they never did when they had the chance.
Now, with a story like that it almost seems made for TV and at times it does look like it is. However it’s still a great family film and a nice modern (for 1998 at least) twist on the tale of Jack Frost. And not a bad deed is done by snowman Jack so we won’t be having the same problems we had with The Santa Clause 3. And although its filled with some of the same clichés – father trying to reconnect with his son and an obligatory snowball fight – it will still give you a little something in your eye at least. And if you’re not affected at all by the closing scene then you clearly have a heart made of pure ice.
The acting is nothing particularly notable however Joseph Cross plays Charlie better than most child actors would have been able to and manages to bring just enough emotion into the character. It does tend to drag a bit at the beginning however once it gets into it, you’ll soon start to have fun.