The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two

Unhappy over her mom’s new relationship, a now-teenage Kate runs away and lands at the North Pole, where a naughty elf is plotting to cancel Christmas.

Year: 2020
Certificate: PG
Runtime: 1hr 55m
Director: Chris Columbus
Starring: Kurt RussellGoldie HawnDarby CampJahzir BrunoJulian DennisonJudah LewisKimberly Williams-PaisleyTyrese Gibson

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While not reaching the magical heights of the first instalment “The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two” certainly still delivers the cheer as Chris Columbus hits another festive home run.

Set a couple of years after part one we pick up with Kate who is unhappy spending Christmas in the warmer climate of Mexico with her family. She decides to run away back to her home and is followed by her mother’s new boyfriend’s son and ends up mysteriously whisked away to the North Pole.

A naughty elf by the name of Belsnickel (who has now transformed into a human) starts to create havoc sending the North Pole into chaos and it’s up to Santa and our heroes to save the day sending them to the most unlikely of places.

While I can’t go to much more into the story as I don’t wish to spoil plot points, you can rest assured that, while it may sound a familiar story, it really is something different.

I don’t really have any significant issues with this film. It’s a wonderfully written, charming tale that does justice to its now much-beloved predecessor while standing on it’s own. The cast is great and Kurt Russel gives the best on screen representation of the big jolly man I’ve seen.

My only minor complaint would be the special effects and animation. While not terrible they feel disjointed from the live action characters – as though they were overlaid at the last minute… It can be a little jarring! With Netflix’s purse I see no reason why an extra million couldn’t have been spent tightening up the CG.

Nevertheless it’s a great family movie and will certainly get you into the festive spirit. Check it out!

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