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Tis’ the season for about 30 different straight to streaming Christmas movies. The question is, does this sequel “Russell” up some holiday cheer?

I joke of course, but the norm these days does seem to be about churning out a seemingly never ending supply of Christmas movies to streaming services each year (with varying levels of quality). That being said, if truth be told, back in 2018 one actually got my attention.

2018’s The Christmas Chronicles over on Netflix managed where many before it had failed. Enticing me into what is a essentially a kids film, with the allure of a sassy, slick, smooth talking Santa in the form of a certain Mr Kurt Russell.

Fast forward to the year from hell (readers of the future, 2020 was awful. Look it up.), and we are finally being treated to a sequel, after much anticipation from yours truly! But was it worth the wait?

The Christmas Chronicles 2 (or part 2 I guess), centres around the tried and tested plot of Santa and some children (Kate Pierce and her family return from the first) trying to stop some evil doer from ending Christmas as we know it.

To my surprise this villain was non other than Deadpool 2 and The Hunt for the Wilderpeople star Julian Denison! Who for the most part puts in a decent performance, which subtlety nods to his previous comedic chops.

Now like I mentioned, this isn’t typically the sort of film I go for. Taking Mr Russell out of the equation for a second, both of these films have a few things that could easily have made this no different to any other Christmas movie we seem to get these days, that isn’t a rom-com.

Clunky dialogue, heavy exposition, wooden child (to its credit, its only at times) acting and annoyingly bad CGI characters are aplenty, but I can assure you that isn’t why you should watch these films. You should watch these films because Kurt Russell is a bloody good Santa. You should also watch them without the super critical snow goggles on I just had, let me explain…

The reason for that, is that at its heart The Christmas Chronicles 2, much like the first is a film for children. It’s a magical film, full of wonder and amazement, which is all driven home so well by the performances of Russell’s Santa & Goldie Hawns Mrs. Claus (who’s on screen chemistry is no doubt down to their actual marriage in real life!).

Russell’s Santa is not your classic Richard Attenborough Miracle of 34th street take, nor is it Tim Allen’s iteration of the jolly old man in red. It’s Kurt Russell’s. And the film, again like the first shines because of this.

Hawn is a good foil to Russell’s Santa in the scenes they share and for me at least, gives one of the stronger on screen appearances of Mrs Claus that I’ve seen in recent years, if not ever to be honest.

The one thing I will say from this sequel is that it definitely delivers some Spy Kids/Charlie & the Chocolate Factory/Gremlins 2: The New Batch vibes (watch it and you’ll see what I mean…).

So the question you probably want answering is should you watch it and will it get you into the festive feeling this year definitely needs? Well simply put, yes and yes.

No, it’s not the best Christmas film ever made. And no, it’s not better than the first. But, yes it 100% does give you that Christmassy feeling you’re probably craving right now.

At the end of the day it’s a children’s film. If you can get yourself into the mind set of your inner child (and let’s face it, it’s Christmas, we can all do that), then you won’t go wrong.

Kurt Russell is a joy to watch as Santa and I genuinely would love to see a third film just so I can see this portrayal of jolly old Saint Nick again.

Watched on: Netflix UK

Rating: So the question you probably want answering is should you watch it and will it get you into the festive feeling this year definitely needs? Well simply put, yes and yes.

No, it’s not the best Christmas film ever made. And no, it’s not better than the first. But, yes it 100% does give you that Christmassy feeling you’re probably craving right now.

At the end of the day it’s a children’s film. If you can get yourself into the mind set of your inner child (and let’s face it, it’s Christmas, we can all do that), then you won’t go wrong.

Kurt Russell is a joy to watch as Santa and I genuinely would love to see a third film just so I can see this portrayal of jolly old Saint Nick again.

It’s a 3/5 (the first one gets a 3.5/5) from me, go give it a watch!

3/5
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