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The Christmas Chronicles Review: Warm and Delightful!

Starring – Kurt Russell, Judah Lewis and Darby Camp
Director – Clay Kaytis
Genre – Christmas Comedy
Streaming Platform – Netflix

Introduction

Christmas themed movies aren’t found dime a dozen. We wait several years before we get one every now and then. This year, Netflix has decided to pull the plunger on this cinematic void by releasing a variety of original films that celebrate the spirit of Christmas. Directed by Clay Kaytis, The Christmas Chronicles (2018) offers home-viewers a decent family-friendly holiday flick that sparkles in parts.

The plot of the film revolves around two siblings who attempts to catch Santa Claus in action and succeeds, but accidently crashes his sleigh and consequently, has to run around with him to save Christmas. Stranded in Chicago, Santa Claus and the two children go on a series of missions together that range from tracking down his missing reindeers to finding his magic hat.

Rationalization

The film is filled with wacky moments and tries to re-invent the mythical Santa Clause by introducing various new elements into his folklore. Santa Claus is given a much more personable feel, and this works largely due to Kurt Russell’s irrepressible charm.

You know how some people were born to play a role? Al Pacino as Tony Montana from 'Scarface' or Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt from the 'Mission Impossible'? It feels like Kurt Russell was born to play Santa Claus. Russell’s scorching screen presence simply elevates the film. He has a killer Elvis Presley impression, smooth talks his way through a car chase and just has a lot of fun doing whatever he wants. Kurt Russell, the filmic energizer bunny, brings a level of fantastic comic timing and hilarity that sparkles way more than the film itself. In terms of Iconic performances of Santa Claus’s, Russell’s interpretation of the jolly elf should go down as the most badass ever.

However, you could have mistaken the film to be an age-old production with its formulaic plot and tacky CGI effects. There are logic holes in a plot that attempts to answer some questions with, ‘Santa Claus has magical powers.’ With the script itself full of silly but fun notions coming out of nowhere throughout the film, one should not expect too much from a film with a rough premise. However, it is significant to note that this Netflix production was designed to satiate a specific niche and thus, if taken in an ostensible manner, The Christmas Chronicles provides a warm and delightful Christmas entertainment.

Conclusion

Who needs an Oscar-worthy Christmas movie anyway? The Christmas Chronicles (2018) isn’t all that, but it has its wild moments and that is enough.

-A Just Stream Editorial by Siddharthen R (@cheeeekyponnama)
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