Nativity was a heart warming festive treat with some great characters and a cast of entertaining children. Its sequel, Danger in the Manger, loses the charm and shifts its focus onto Mr Poppy. The problem is Mr Poppy is not the most likable of characters and is in fact borderline certifiable. All manic twitches and high pitched squealing, he doesn't offer any sort of endearment.
So it is with some trepidation that we look to the other leads for some support in propping up this festive re-hash. Unfortunately it also falls flat there. David Tennant is a great actor, but here he is wasted. In fact he seems bizarrely out of his depth, struggling to muster up anything more than caricature when playing the dual roles of Mr Patterson and his nefarious brother.
Also the children have grown up and don't have the same cuteness they did before. Not that that really matters as here all they are required to do is follow Mr Poppy around and jump about for their roof raising song at the finale.
The problem is the whole film smacks of a cash in. Rushed out to grab a Christmas audience and the odd amusing joke doesn't change this feeling.
It is a sequel we didn't ask for and on this evidence certainly didn't need. The first is a great Christmas treat, unfortunately Danger in the Manger is the Turkey. Steer clear and stick with the first one especially as a third outing is on its way this Christmas!