The Christmas Chronicles (2018) Review

Not a new favourite, and I don’t know how I feel about an up to date, hip, sassy Santa, but Kurt Russell does a great job anyway.


Director: Clay Kaytis

Screenwriter: Matt Lieberman, David Guggenheim

Starring: Kurt Russell, Darby Camp, Judah Lewis

Genre: Adventure, Comedy

Runtime: 104 Minutes

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

After their fathers death, Kate and Teddy are having a really rough Christmas.  When their mother has to pull a late shift on Christmas Eve, Kate convinces her brother to stay up with her and attempt to capture Santa Claus on camera.  But when they actually succeed, they set in motion a chain of events that could ruin Christmas for everyone unless they can help Santa put things right again.

This takes the classic idea of kids discovering that Santa is real and pulls it right forward into the 21st Century.  At times a little too much for me.  I mean at one point the elves are actually FLOSSING.  It feels like they are trying a little too hard to make Santa Cool and Relevant.  Can’t somethings just be sacred?! I don’t know if I am completely happy with this updated idea of Santa, but I have got to say that Kurt Russell does make a pretty damn good Santa.

Like all good Christmas movies there are important lessons for all the characters to learn.  And you know that by the end of the film, their crazy adventure together would have brought them closer and they all would have learnt some important things about themselves, and that is exactly what happens here, So despite the modern and updated version of the story, them morals and basic plot outline remains the same.

I wish we would have got to see more of the North Pole, and of the elves workshop.  That was by far my favourite part of the whole film.  Just bursting with the whimsy and magic that reminds me of the Christmas movies I watched when I was a kid.  The Digital Graphics on the elves did leave a little to be desired, but I did like that they were a much different style than I was expecting, that they had their own language and that they weren’t just the cookie cutter idea of what elves at the north pole looked like.

Both our young actors In the lead roles did a great job, for relatively inexperienced actors they hold their own opposite seasoned performer Kurt Russell really well.  And I am glad that they are both retuning for the sequel this year.

A Christmas film that can appeal to all ages, It won’t go down as one of my new favourites, but it definitely worth a watch before the sequel releases later this week.

‘The Christmas Chronicles’ is streaming on Netflix now!

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