Arthur (James McAvoy) is the good-natured but clumsy younger son of Santa (Jim Broadbent). He loves everything to do with Christmas; indeed, he is the only one in his family still captivated by the magic of the holiday. Arthur’s older brother Steve (Hugh Laurie) is the heir to the reins – a cool, incredibly capable guy who has given the North Pole high-tech efficiency and military-style precision. Santa pictures himself as the guy in charge but is now more of a figurehead of an operation that has outgrown him. His 136-year-old father, Grandsanta (Bill Nighly) is a cranky old codger who hates the modern world, always grumbling that Christmas ‘was better when I was Santa’ and has a tense relationship with Steve, whom he calls ‘a postman with a spaceship.’ Bryony is a lowly elf from the Giftwrap Battalion, with an eager-to-please attitude and an obsession with wrapping and bows. Imelda Staunton rounds out the cast as Mrs. Santa, dedicated wife and mother to her husband and sons.
The review will be up soon after I watch the darn movie.