The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

This holiday movie from Netflix starts off slow but once it hits its stride, it’s a lot of fun. The story is fairly simple, going from one adventure to another (as suggested by the title) with the benefit of a strong budget and the star power of an engaged Kurt Russell, and while the special effects aren’t great, they’re pretty charming. The two lead characters – played by Darby Camp and the always-welcome Judah Lewis – aren’t particularly interesting and there isn’t much chemistry between the two, but luckily Russell does most of the heavy lifting throughout, and his enthusiasm is the movie’s best feature. There are a number of surprisingly suspenseful moments along the way, and while the tone veers wildly from family-friendly to borderline sleazy a few times, this is a fun way to spend two hours.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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