Christmas films all seem to have a fairly similar plot – the ones featuring Santa, anyway – and you can tie them down to Santa, due to circumstances, having to join forces with a couple of kids and there being an apprehensive adult. Eventually Christmas is saved and all is well again.

In fact, Drew Gooden summed it up perfectly with his Vine-come-Instagram post…


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Pretty much.

Nonetheless, everyone’s favourite president-saving criminal ex-soldier and bad father-living planet man has taken the reins, literally, and become the present-toting bearded-fun merchant we all like the call Father Christmas.

That was a confusing sentence. I’ll be the first to admit it.

Anyway, The Christmas Chronicles features Russell in a departure from his usual roles as, as IMDb put it, it follows:

The story of sister and brother, Kate and Teddy Pierce, whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about.

That is grade-A Christmas fun.

The new trailer sums it up, really. Have a look…

Interesting take on Santa’s elves. Every film studio is so desperate to have their own Minions these days; it’s dangerously transparent.

The Christmas Chronicles comes courtesy of Netflix, and is from the makers of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Home Alone, so it has pretty good credentials.

It certainly looks… fun?

I like Kurt Russell and he looks the part as Father Christmas, but those elves have made me more than apprehensive. I suppose it’s a kid’s film, at the end of the day – kids like sh*t like that.

You’ll be able to watch The Christmas Chronicles on Netflix come the 22nd of November, the most famous of festive dates.

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