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Review: ‘Christmas Chronicles 2’ delights

Review: ‘Christmas Chronicles 2’ delights
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  • On December 1, 2020

Four out of Five Stars

By Julie Newell
Associate Editor

The first film of “The Christmas Chronicles” premiered on Netflix in 2018. The film follows siblings Kate (played by Darby Camp) and Teddy (Judah Lewis), who recently lost their father and are struggling without him for the holidays.

Kate and Teddy stay up all night to get a recorded glimpse of Santa Claus (played by Kurt Russell).

They end up sneaking into Santa’s sleigh and causing it to crash and embarking on an adventure to help Santa save Christmas.

The sequel, “The Christmas Chronicles 2,” premiered Nov. 25 of 2020.

Several years later, Kate is now a teen. She is spending Christmas with her family in Mexico, along with her mother’s new boyfriend Bob (Tyrese Gibson) and his son Jack (Jahzir Bruno).

Unhappy about spending Christmas in Mexico, and cynical about her mother’s boyfriend, Kate makes plans to run away. 

Jack follows her, and they both end up getting transported to the North Pole by a naughty elf named Belsnickel (Julian Dennison).

At the North Pole they meet Mrs. Claus (Goldie Hawn) and get a tour of Santa’s Village.

Unbeknownst to them, Belsnickel used Kate and Jack to sneak into the village and steal the Star of Christmas, which protects the village.

Now Kate and Jack must help Santa and Mrs. Claus get the star back and save Christmas again.

I was excited when I saw the trailer for the second film, especially after the first movie had a very short tease of Mrs. Claus at the end. Now, with Mrs. Claus, who is played by Russell’s real-life partner Goldie Hawn, I was even more excited.

The movie was filled with comedy, heartfelt moments and, of course, a Kurt Russell musical number.

Comparatively, I enjoyed the first movie better, but the second movie was very enjoyable and I will watch it again.

Both of “The Christmas Chronicles” movies can be streamed on Netflix.