The Christmas Chronicles


Viewed – 16 December 2018  Netflix

In hindsight, Kurt Russel makes for a perfect Santa Claus, but as I sat down to watch this I thought … really?  I’ve been a fan of this guy for a long time (Kurt I mean, although who doesn’t like Santa?), and this story has two kids on Christmas Eve out to catch him in the act of delivering presents, and unwittingly sabotage Christmas when they stow away on his slay.

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It’s a fairly typical Hollywood rendition of a Christmas movie and focuses on a family who have since lost the children’s father who was a fire fighter, and we get a stereotypical moody teenager on the brink of going off the rails with the wrong crowd, and a spirited younger sister who still believes in the magic of Christmas.  I’ll admit the somewhat motor-mouth young girl playing the sister got irritating fast, and the squabbling between her and her brother was cliched as hell.  Yet this is Kurt Russell’s movie and showcases an actor, who let’s agree hasn’t been in that big a stuff of late, seriously on top of his game and makes an initially grumpy Santa very likeable and fun.  The movie’s budget sadly shows cut backs in the CGI department, with the elves looking like Minion rejects, and overly this isn’t that flashy or visually creative.  A small twist towards the end involving Santa’s hat doesn’t make much sense either.

However for a perfect getting in the mood for Christmas experience, this does the trick, is funny, exciting in parts and delivers one of the most endearing Santas I think I’ve ever seen on screen.  Worth a watch.

Verdict:  3 /5

Happy Christmas!!


Well the big day has arrived again.  I hope my viewers here and regular readers are having a nice day and that Santa has been good to you all. 

This year I have received some great gifts, some of which are pictured below, such as Dead Rising 3 on XBOX ONE, Season 3 of HBO’s acclaimed Boardwalk Empire, Monsters University on Blu-ray, 2014 Scarlett Johansson calendar … as well as clothes, chocolates, novelties etc. 

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So Merry Christmas one and all.  Thank you to all who got me something.  Hope you all like what I got you!  I am having a great day and gradually enjoying my stuff whilst looking forward to a traditional Christmas Turkey dinner! 

Cheers.