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The Christmas Chronicles 2

Published December 6, 2020

The Christmas Chronicles 2

Film info

  • Title The Christmas Chronicles 2
  • Director Chris Columbus
  • Year 2020
  • Run time 1hr 55m
  • Genres Fantasy, Family, Adventure
  • Tagline The battle to save Christmas is on

Unhappy over her mom's new relationship, a now-teenage Kate runs away and lands at the North Pole, where a naughty elf is plotting to cancel Christmas.

Live blog

TimeComment
3:08I do like that Feliz Navidad song.
7:36“Help out a true believer or I swear, I’m gonna run away.” Blackmailing Santa now.
11:18“I just wish we could be independent in closer proximity.”
18:46Those reindeers have great stopping distances.
20:44I thought the kid couldn’t have dairy?
23:58Slipping in a bit of feminism into the crappy Christmas movie.
27:48Why do they pipe in the snow from the outside? Snow makes life harder.
38:56This Belsnickel story is a terrible bedtime story.
43:27Oh no, the elves have turned into Gremlins. They got fed after midnight.
52:17Wouldn’t it make sense to leave off another reindeer to even it out a bit?
55:15I really need to know what the Christmas Tree cookie does.
1:03:38I’m gonna call it and say the kid needed more than just courage to get up that cliff face.
1:08:12“Looks like Belsnickel figured out some rudimentary form of time travel.” Of COURSE he did.
1:12:43I wasn’t expecting this to turn into a time travel musical, I must admit.
1:21:13“No cookies are going to stop thousands of maniacal elves.”
1:29:11I have questions about the range on a nerf gun.
1:38:58“Was it as good as last time?” Well….

Thoughts

Hmm. If I remember rightly, I was really keen on the first movie, expecting it to be pretty rubbish and it being a pleasant surprise. This was kinda the opposite. I wasn’t anticipating great things, if I’m honest, but it didn’t even meet those expectations! Fundamentally, it’s an ok film, has a good structure, a good guy, a bad guy, etc, etc. But the pace of it, the flow, the glaring errors in the script… it was so weird.

They made such a big deal about this epic journey the kid has to go on and then he just did it with barely any problems. Then they were like ‘you get to ride in the sleigh for the first time!’ even though he already had. So weird. The twist that sent us to a random airport thirty years ago triggered the right emotions but was so out of context and place that it felt very shoe-horned in. So all in all, not good. I was never going to sit there and switch it off but equally I wouldn’t recommend that anyone else switch it on.

Rating: 2 / 5

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