I have always though that Tom Cavanagh was a really solid actor who just didn’t have the lucky breaks or the work ethic to grind out auditions after auditions. Every role I have seen him in, he has done a great job and has always brought a certain something to all of his roles even if they were meant to be generic or cookie-cutter characters. But I am guessing for many of you out there, he pretty much flew under your radar until his breakout role as Harrison Wells (or The Reverse Flash) of 2014 in CW’s The Flash. He played an incredible companion to Barry Allen and an even better villain for him and I was happy to see his role reprised in the second season of the series… I hope to see much more!
I wouldn’t be surprised, however, if you are one of the millions of people who love him as Harrison Wells but have never know him as Nick Snowden from the made-for-tv movie called Snow. It is a charming little movie that has a unique twist on Santa Claus as a person and the adorable and comedic talents Cavanagh brings to Snowden really do make this movie worth the watch if you’re up for a heartwarming Christmas tale.
When one of Santa’s reindeer is kidnapped by big game hunter Buck Seger (Patrick Fabian), Nick Snowden (Tom Cavanagh), a nerdy young man who is training to take over for Kris Kringle, travels to California to recover it. There, he meets Sandy Brooks (Ashley Williams), a kind-hearted zoologist, and begins to fall in love. With the help of a young boy named Hector (Bobb’e J. Thompson), Nick concocts a plan to retrieve the reindeer in time for Christmas.
Once upon a time, in a far and distant land, there lived a mean and cruel lord. And, one Christmas, this mean and cruel lord was throwing a lavish feast, for Kings and Queens. When, lo and behold, a poor beggar was caught picking scraps of food from his kitchen. Now this cruel lord was a miser, so, what did he do, but, he threw him out, into the cold winter night. But, what the cruel lord did not know, was that this was no ordinary beggar. This man was, actually, a very powerful wizard, and he cast a spell over this cruel lord. Now, under this spell, this cruel lord vanished. And he would reappear, every year, one week before Christmas, during which time he was to give away some of his treasure, and spread glad tidings and good cheer. Well, as you can well imagine, this cruel lord gave, and gave, and gave, until a strange thing began to happen. He began to see the joy that his giving brought others and, bit by little bit, despite himself, he began to like it. And before too long, he began to love it. And, as he did, this spell passed from a curse… to a blessing. And this, once cruel, lord gave with a glad heart. It was at this point wondrous things started happening: for example, he worried that his big bag of gifts and gold was nearing empty when, all of a sudden, it would fill right back up again. This was the power of that spell. And it was this spell that was passed on from generation to generation, from father to son. Just as it was passed from my father… to me. And that’s how I became Santa Claus.
Snow is not the best Christmas movie by far, but there is tons of stuff to like about it from the funny slew of side characters to the tumbling charm of Cavanagh. It was clearly not out to win any awards– but it is undeniable that the story is heartwarming and the characters are easy to root for. So, hey, give it a shot!