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In the myriad of Christmas movies that are repeatedly screened over cables each year, we’ve seen all kinds of Santa Clauses. There’s Santa Claus’ happily incompetent Santa and the “You’re going to shoot your eye out!” mean Santa Claus of a Christmas story There is the real one or not? wise santa claus of wonder in the 34th Bad Santa’s Street and Bad Santa What made Netflix’s original 2018 film The Christmas Chronicles different was it reinterpreted Santa as an action movie badass, and not just any asshole either: Kurt freakin ‘Russell, the bicep flexing hero from Escape from New York and Tango and Cash

Russell’s Kris Kringle in Christmas Chronicles is as lovable and almighty as any Santa Claus, but he’s also not afraid of getting caught in a chase with the cops in downtown Chicago or driving a sled that is going so darn fast It has wings like a mini-airplane. Why doesn’t The Christmas Chronicles 2 have more of them? The inevitable 2020 follow-up now streamed on Netflix has the bad Santa Claus singing and dancing in an airport terminal along with disgruntled vacationers.This is the equivalent of turning on Die Hard and noting that it’s against the classic White Christmas of Bing Crosby was swapped The sequel was swapped cool for cute and is simply indistinguishable from any other entry in the flood of holiday films

Like the First Outing, this movie is about teenage Kate (Darby Camp), but instead of mourning her dead father (why does every modern Christmas movie have a dead parent?), she mourns the fact that she and her family are dead Spending money on vacation at a Mexican all-inclusive resort with her mother (Kimberly Williams-Paisley), her mother’s new boyfriend Bob (Tyrese Gibson) and Bob’s son Jack (Jahzir Bruno) while Kate and blind Jack try to return to Massachusetts , they are kidnapped by an evil elf named Belsnickel (Julian Dennison from Deadpool 2) who tries to get to the North Pole to ruin Christmas

This moves the action from the real world to Santa’s Village, which looks like an outlet mall in a secondary ski-mountain community where Santa Claus not only makes planes and baby dolls, but also codes video games and calibrates Nerf guns and – in such an egregious vignette that it has to be a product placement – it has an entire chalo with Lego sculpture With Kate and Jack on the antipodes, Mrs. Claus (Russell’s real partner Goldie Hawn) plays a pivotal role, as does the fleet of pint-sized elves who help Santa bring Christmas to millions of children every year

The problems really start with the elves, CGI creatures with great courage and strange hats that speak their own language and multiply like bedbugs.They’re like the Ewoks, Scrappy-Doo, Jar Jar Binks and the annoying trolls of the Film Frozen and Trolls together as they frolic and let themselves fall on themselves with cuteness as they work. Once the kids are in the village, the clauses must explain a complex mythology about how Christmas was created, where the elves came from and how magical Stern drives a force field around the North Pole that somehow protects Christmas

This leads to a good 40 minutes of building the expository world that nobody asked for. The great thing about Santa is that the mythology is already built in. He has the naughty and nice list, eats cookies and milk, has the eight flying reindeer , flies down the chimney and laughs like a bowl full of jelly. We don’t need a complicated backstory like the first few minutes of Transformers 19: Finding Michael Bay as a Private Island

The ultimate problem is that, despite all of these explanations, there are still so many questions The Elves and the Clauses communicate in a fake Germanic Elven language written specifically for the movie Except when they don’t, Sometimes Mrs. Claus speaks the elves in English what they understand, then why does the film deal with Elven and subtitles, something that younger viewers may find difficult to keep up with? And why does nobody explain why Belsnickle only speaks English and also has a New Zealand accent? If you want to build a world, build a world Instead, writer Matt Lieberman (back from first pass) builds a point of support in the semi-deserted wilderness

When Christmas Chronicles 2 finally comes down to the action – which is complicated by a snake-like plot that even the crocodile hunter wouldn’t touch it – it’s as exciting and well received as the first time, but back then the mission was as clear as in all Christmas films: Help Santa Claus and save Christmas Now it is completely unclear who Santa Claus is chasing, what Kate actually has to procure or why they are doing some of it

Allegedly, this sequel should have been a step up Chris Columbus, the director of Home Alone and the writer of Gremlins, two of the greatest Christmas non-Christmas films of all time, has been hired to direct and co-write instead of the action, Bringing the excitement and humor to these films, he animated this with enough animation that you can practically see the green screens behind Russell and Hawn

They’re a winning couple with the kind of chemistry only decades could bring as one of Hollywood’s great couples.But when Columbus brings Goldie and Kurt back to the big screen for the first time since Overboard, he really should house like a Barbie dream home instead, he sticks to this expensive device that nobody asked for and that will probably stand undisturbed on a shelf for years to come

Perhaps the problems aren’t all at Columbus’ feet, but he’s the big change between this and the previous installment. Yes, every Christmas movie is going to have a huge pile of cheese, which is fine and expected Christmas chronicles served the cheese together having an easy, punchy good time that both kids and parents could enjoy when we finally saw a Santa Claus with lots of loot and even some sex appeal

Russell’s Santa Claus still has that loot, but it’s hard to be a bad guy doing a production number at an airport or fending off the animated elves’ comic strip slapstick It’s cheese on cheese, smothered in fondue Christmas must have It doesn’t have to be cuter, and it certainly doesn’t have to be an expanded film universe. It’s sad that these things were allowed to take over a Christmas story with an action film luster that was once much more entertaining and certainly more original

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Source: https://www.polygon.com/2020/11/25/21719562/the-christmas-chronicles-2-review-kurt-russell-goldie-hawn