In 2018, there was a Netflix original film starring Kurt Russell as Santa Claus called The Christmas Chronicle. It was a surprisingly fun time and quite an enjoyable story. So when I heard that Russell would be reprising his role as St. Nicholas, I was excited.
In fact, it was even cooler because Russell’s real life mate, Goldie Hawn, who had made a cameo at the end of the original film as Mrs. Claus, would be more involved in the story for the sequel. It was more good news.
I then saw a review of the film from critic Dan Murrell who enjoyed it. With Netflix doing great this year with their original movies, I was sure that this would be another success.
Oh how wrong I was.
I did not like The Christmas Chronicles 2. It started off in trouble and never was able to pick up steam. It was simply a dull and repetitive film that felt more like an ABC Family Christmas movie than a major Netflix release.
We return to Kate (Darby Camp), who was part of the original movie, but her life had taken some unfortunate turns. She was in Cancun for Christmas with her mom (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) and her new boyfriend (Tyrese Gibson). Her mother’s relationship was becoming serious and Kate was not happy, especially with his son Jack (Jahzir Bruno) along too.
Kate was so unhappy that she decided to run away back to Boston. Unfortunately for her, disgruntled elf Belsnickel (Julian Dennison) was planning on using Kate as a means to return to Santa’s Village after he had been cast out years ago. Belsnickel wound up kidnapping Kat and Jack and leaving them to freeze at the North Pole.
Santa Claus was able to save the kids and brought them back to the village, but Belsnickel tagged along, continuing his plan of chaos in an attempt to ruin Christmas for everyone.
Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn were great and they were clearly the best part of the movie. You could see their chemistry with one another and their magic could have potentially saved the story. However, the film then quickly split the story into two parts and separated Russell and Hawn to their own adventures.
The beginning twenty minutes were painful as we set up Kate as a brat and got to the point where she was ready to run away. This was a slow drudge of a beginning that took me out of the film immediately.
The one point that made me smile was a rocking musical number from Kurt Russell and Darlene Love set in a stranded airport at Christmas time. Unfortunately, it was also set in the past, bringing up some of the more unnecessary time travel elements of the story.
I also have to say that I thought most of the CGI appeared to be cheap and of a lower quality than I expected. The elves in particular were not at the level that one would expect in 2020.
Overall, I was really disappointed with this sequel. I had no expectations of the original and ended up enjoying that tremendously. I had high expectations here and found this to be a joyless drudge.