This movie focuses on a young girl, Kate and her old big brother, Teddy, who decide to team up together and try to catch Santa Claus once and for all on Christmas Eve. With a video camera and sneaky traps all set, things are soon in motion which could ruin Christmas in 2018 entirely. It’s now up to Kate and Teddy to team up with Santa Claus himself (played by Kurt Russell), to together try and save Christmas all in one night. If they fail, Christmas spirit will be at an all-time low which will lead to an increase of hate, crime and other terrible activities across the world.
I was growing up as a kid I used to love watching a great family Christmas film. I got to see Home Alone 1 in cinemas, and to this day it remains a Christmas classic in the eyes of Finesse Movie Reviews. Since then, other than a small handful of good Christmas films (Elf and The Santa Clause to name a few) most modern Christmas films released each year are generally forgettable (Deck The Halls, Christmas With The Kranks- dare I go on?).
Thankfully, I’m happy to report that The Christmas Chronicles is a memorable family Christmas film for 2018. And the best part is, it’s gone straight to Netflix when I feel it could have been somewhat successful if it went into local cinemas.
I loved the film’s plot and the overall tone. The film also has lots of creativity in regards to Santa, The North Pole, Santa’s Presents, and the list goes on. Have you ever wondered how Santa visits every home in one night? Well, this film has fun and tries to answers all your wondering questions. And to be honest, I found myself laughing and generally impressed with what the film brought as a Christmas film. And let’s not forget the best part of this film, Kurt Russell as Santa Claus, is brilliant. When I first heard the classic action star would be wearing the red suit I couldn’t picture it in my mind. After watching this film, he truly is one of the most magnificent Santa Claus I’ve seen on screen, and it’s rather apparent that Kurt Russell had some fun during production too.
Overall, I found this Christmas film to be a pleasant surprise. It’s well done, funny and rather creative as it tries to answers all the questions you could ever think about when it comes to Santa. I feel this film is excellent to watch as a family as it contains light-hearted comedy and a positive message for all. Even though it’s a kids film, remember folks, age is just a number, and it never hurts to stop being a Grinch and watch a family film during this holiday season.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden