The Christmas Chronicles: A Holiday Movie Review


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Jovencio Daguio Jr., Staff Writer

ATTENTION! Christmas is just around the corner and Santa is coming to town!

Since Christmas is fast approaching, have you been showing your Christmas spirit?  Did you start buying gifts to put under your bright and colorful Christmas tree or almost close to being done? Or are still in the hunt for the perfect Christmas movie to watch in your pajamas and drink your hot chocolate? Well, if you’re having a hard time picking the one, just stay seated on the sleigh with Santa to see what Christmas movie is highly recommended to watch.

To be fair, picking the right Christmas movie is difficult knowing that there are millions and millions of them to choose from. We all know that the classic Christmas movies such as Home Alone and The Grinch are the best. But, aren’t you looking for something new with a great twist. Netflix, a streaming service, has been releasing the newest Christmas movies and one has caught the eye of many people in the nation.

One of the best and newest holiday film, The Christmas Chronicles was presented on Netflix. The film was premiered on the 22nd of November 2018 which was directed by Clay Kaytis. It is an adventure, comedy, and family-friendly film. This film had gotten 69% rotten tomatoes in the first two weeks of its release and a rating of 3 out of 5. Many critics such as Andrea Beach of the Common Sense Media, had positive reviews on the film itself stating that “This Christmas adventure has lots of kids appeal and excitement in a quest to save Christmas.” Moreover, Dan Jolin also a film critic from Empire states that “The Christmas Chronicles at least gives us one of the movies’ best Santas yet.”

The Christmas Chronicles is a holiday adventure film produced by 1492 Pictures and Wonder WorldWide. The film is about two young teens from the Pierce family trying to save Christmas and put gifts under the Christmas tree before it was too late. The Pierce family has been celebrating Christmas for many years until 2018 when the two young teens’ father died on duty as a firefighter. Their widowed mother, Claire is struggling to provide for the family and wishing for her children to get along. Teddy, her oldest, steals cars, while, her youngest, Kate tries to keep the Christmas spirit alive.

On December 24, 2018, Claire was scheduled to work, which left Teddy to watch his younger sister, Kate. While reminiscing and watching old Christmas videos, Kate realizes a strange arm appear over the fireplace, which looked like Santa Claus. Kate believes in Santa Claus, but her brother doesn’t. Both Teddy and Kate make a deal in order to prove that Santa Claus is real. 

I truly recommend this film to everyone especially those who love watching Christmas movies. This film definitely became part of my top 15 Christmas movie list. It may not be as good as Home Alone and The Grinch, but it definitely gave me a good vibe.

I found the plot to be mind-boggling because it focuses on the idea that we all, at some point, need to forgive and get along with each other. The film strongly shows the true connection a family and siblings must have which other. The film had taught me that it is okay to believe in the impossible because all that matters is the bond that is created with others when doing it.

I honestly felt that the film has shown a fantastic, fun, and inspiring lesson to those who have watched it. It is a film that one can enjoy and get something valuable out of. I love the film so much that I watched it a couple times.

I would recommend this film to anyone who enjoys Christmas and loves to bond with family.