The Christmas Chronicles – Kurt Russell, Best Santa Ever! Netflix Review

OK, before I start this little review, I have to say that I’ve never been a Christmas movie lover, I’m not too much of a Grinch, but for me Die Hard is the closest I get to one, but last night I was looking through Netflix and noticed that The Christmas Chronicles was showing and I’d heard so much about the Netflix film and that it had one of my favourite actors in it, Kurt Russell, so I gave it a try.

The Christmas Chronicles is the story of sister and brother, Kate (Darby Camp) and Teddy Pierce (Judah Lewis), whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about.

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The film starts with home videos of the Pierce family over the years with the family enjoying themselves with the presents that Santa has brought them and of course those rather crazy Christmas jumpers that most people get from that Aunt that likes to knit everything, then one Christmas it’s only Kate, Teddy and their mum (Kimberly Williams-Paisley), Kate still has the video camera and all the videos and she sends Santa a video message.

But while Kate is looking through some of the previous videos with her beloved and departed father in them, she notices a hand throwing in a present from the chimney, could it be Santa! Kate and Teddy set out to record Santa and you just know that the adventures are about to begin when they follow Santa and cause his sleigh to crash.

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The Christmas Chronicles is a wonderful family movie, but what makes the film different from the others is Kurt Russell as Santa, for me, he steals the show with the way he portrays the jolly fellow, for starters he tells the children that he doesn’t say, “Ho ho ho”, Kurt Russell certainly brings his own style into the film, imagine Ego from Guardians of the Galaxy 2 with a Santa suit on, no seriously, that’s the one thing that was going through my mind during The Christmas Chronicles.

In one seen in the film Kurt Russell just rocks as Santa, no really he does, he does a musical number in a jail with many other people who don’t want to be there during the Christmas period and the musical number is done brilliantly, I was laughing and tapping my toes during the scene, it was like watching an older version of Kurt Russell in Elvis from 1979.

The Christmas Chronicles has some wonderful special effects to make the film feel magical, from the flying reindeer to the way that Santa and his sleigh jump through time from one country to another, Netflix has certainly got a nicely done and fun Christmas family movie with this one, there is something in The Christmas Chronicles for all ages, young and old.

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Let’s not forget Santa’s Elves, they are so cute and funny, the tiny little folk don’t just make the toys etc. they are the ones that really hold everything together for Santa, look out for the scene with the Elves taken on some thugs, I bet you’ve never ever seen an Elf with a chainsaw!

It also has a nice touch at the end of The Christmas Chronicles, as soon as you hear one of the characters voices you’ll know who it is, brilliantly done, shhhhh I’m not saying any more about that.

As I mentioned earlier, I’m not really a Christmas movie lover, but The Christmas Chronicles has certainly got me in the Christmas mood (even if it is only November), and to top it all I’ve watched again today, purely for review purposes of course.

Kurt Russell 'Rocks' as Santa in this Netflix Movie
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Movie title: The Christmas Chronicles

Movie description: The story of sister and brother, Kate and Teddy Pierce, whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about.

Date published: 2018-11-23

Director(s): Clay Kaytis

Actor(s): Kurt Russell, Darby Camp, Judah Lewis

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family

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Summary

Probably one of the best modern-day Christmas films for a long time, Kurt Russell certainly rocks at Santa Claus in The Christmas Chronicles.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and also works with RealD 3D reviewing the latest 3D releases, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
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