I found this movie to be terrible. This a judgement made with consideration of only the Christmas genre.
The Snow Report
There is no snow, they are in the Manchester it only ever rains, that is explained to us by a character in the film.
A representative of the big man makes a brief appearance.
Baubles, Lights and Tinsel
Much of this film is an example of bad Christmas decor including poorly dressed trees and tinsel around picture frames and computer screens.
Will It Make Me Cry?
If it going to make you cry it will do see almost immediately.
Musically nothing really to report here.
Eddie Izzard is the main attraction and while watching him is kind of fun it does not rescue this film.
If you know Manchester it is fun spotting all the locations otherwise there is nothing else to write home about here apart from the panda.