The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
Directed By: Clay Kaytis
Starring: Kurt Russell, Judah Lewis, Darby Camp, Kimberly Williams – Paisley and Oliver Hudson
Synopsis: Siblings Kate and Teddy Pierce hatch a scheme to capture Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. When the plan goes awry, the kids join forces with a somewhat jolly Saint Nick and his loyal elves to save the holiday before it’s too late.
Review: Its always a blast to see Kurt Russell on the our screens. When I had heard about Kurt taking up the role of Santa Claus I was a little skeptical and then I watched the trailer and was 100% sold.
Kurt brings all his charm to the role of Santa and makes it his own, Santa isn’t the jolly old round guy but more of an avid gym goer and hates when people assume he’s 80 pounds heavy than he is, which makes for some funny scenes, especially when he is arrested for grand theft auto and kidnapping. (hooked already right). The scenes in prison are cool with Kurt channelling his inner Elvis and singing a Christmas rock tune.
Minus Kurt’s adventures as Santa the films main focus is on Siblings Kate (Darby Camp) and older brother Teddy (Judah Lewis) who are spending there first Christmas without there dad, who died saving people in a house fire. Teddy and Kate have disconnected since the loss of there dad, Teddy is slightly off the rails and stealing cars with his friend and distancing himself from the his family. Kate happens to follow and film Teddy stealing a car. She uses the film as a bargaining chip with Teddy, if he helps her try and capture Santa on film, she will give him the footage. They set a little trap and get a video camera set up. Once they get wind Santa has arrived the movie kicks it into fifth gear, the Siblings jump into Santa’s sleigh, scare him mid-flight and near have a head on collision with an aeroplane. The sleigh crash lands and from there our adventure truly begins and a chain of events unfolds that make this a Christmas movie to be remembered and one to be watched year after year.