When a disgruntled elf sees her chance to take over the North Pole, she uses a magical machine to turn time backwards on Jolly Old Santa Claus and he begins getting younger — and fast! With Mrs. Claus captured and in candy cane jail, it’s up to a loyal elf, a little girl with a magical key, and the now-teenage Santa to turn forward the hands of time and save the future of Christmas.
When Kirra discovers coal in her present on Christmas Eve, Santa realizes that something has gone very wrong with the labeling of gifts in the North Pole. Santa has no choice but to demote his head elf, Winnie. Displeased with Santa, Winnie decides to take matters into her own hands by reversing Santa’s age slowly and attempting to ruin Christmas for everyone.
The storyline for so many Christmas films is the same: something happens that could potentially ruin Christmas and the main characters must correct the problem before it’s too late. While The Key to Christmas does follow this storyline, it adds a unique plot—the problem is within the North Pole, not outside of it, and Winnie uses magic (not violence) to get what she wants by reversing Santa’s age so he cannot be Santa at all.
The writers did a great job connecting the dots of this movie from start to finish—viewers get a clear picture of what is going on and how each character relates to the plot. The actors in the Key to Christmas are talented, and while their characters seem a bit cliché, they illustrate their roles well. The costuming for this film is fantastic—it is consistent and well thought out. The graphics are great as are the audio and camera quality. Each scene is well thought out and very uplifting.
As a whole, The Key to Christmas is a great movie that shares the joy of Christmas and how a positive attitude can not only change one’s outlook on a situation but can also change the outcome entirely.
The Key to Christmas is Dove-approved for All Ages.
The Dove Take: The Key to Christmas is a family-friendly Christmas film that takes a unique spin on the ever popular “saving Christmas” storyline.