Film reviews are subjective. I tend to rate films not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
Description (from Netflix): After accidentally crashing Santa’s sleigh, a brother and sister pull an all-nighter to save Christmas with a savvy, straight-talking St. Nick.
My thoughts: So, no, this adventurous comedy for the family isn’t super-squeaky holiday corn. The story mixes in morsels to take seriously, and it’s got quality acting. Young Kate is sharp and spunky, and her older brother Teddy is believably jerky but with a heart still in there. St. Nick’s no total cornball here either.
Now, as with other contemporary movies that go about explaining how the whole magical Santa thing really works, this flick adds its share of unexpected bits and twists—though only a twist or two was unexpected for me. I could guess the rest. Perhaps ever since the novelty of seeing The Santa Clause as a child, I’m no longer surprised by most “surprising” details on Santa, the North Pole, elves, etc. Also, while I had a literal smile on my face during some parts, I can’t say the picture’s punchlines were punchy or unpredictable enough for me to laugh.
Plus, to be quite honest, I found Santa’s “cute” little elves to be rather creepy and hard to watch, like the feeling you might get by seeing clusters of insects scuttling around. (Sorry about that. 😀 )
Nevertheless, I still quite enjoyed this Christmas adventure overall.
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