The Christmas Chronicles: Movie Review, Soundtrack, Cast List

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The Christmas Chronicles is out now on Netflix worldwide starring Kurt Russell as Santa Clause. Here’s everything you need to know before and after you watch Netflix’s latest Christmas movie, The Christmas Chronicles.

Who’s behind the movie?

Clay Kaytis is behind the movie who’s been involved in mostly animated movies in his career. His last big movie was as the director of The Angy Birds Movie. He’s also had direct involvement in Frozen, Wreck-it Ralph and Tangled.

What’s the movie about?

It’s Christmas Eve and a brother and sister are staying up late to catch Santa on an old VHS tape recorder. What happens next takes them on a globe-trotting adventure to save Christmas.

Our Review

The Christmas Chronicles is quite possibly Netflix’s best effort at capturing and emulating a classic Christmas movie. It’s designed for kids but thanks to Kurt Russell’s convincing performance, adults alike will enjoy.

The upgrades and enhancements given to Santa to bring the figure into the 21st century are fun and creative. Those combined with believable and excellent CGI makes for a visual spectacular.

Clay Kaytis’s previous work at animated studios pays dividends throughout with charming sequences and character designs being akin to what you’d expect from the likes of Disney or Dreamworks.

Our biggest gripe is with Teddy’s character but gets better as the film progresses. He’s a typical stereotype at the beginning of the film that verges on nasty.

It’s also a Christmas film with its finger on the pulse. From the little elves doing the floss dance, Santa screaming “fake news” and Chicago being over-run with crime.

To summarise, this is Netflix’s best Christmas movie. It’s also probably one of the best Christmas movies in recent years.

8/10

Cast List and Where You’ve Seen Them Before

The majority of the main cast have actually been in Netflix Originals before. Darby Camp recently played a role in Netflix’s reboot of the movie Benji and Judah Lewis starred in last year’s The Babysitter.

ActorPlaysKnown for
Kurt RussellSanta ClausThe Hateful Eight, Tango & Cash, Guardians of the Galaxy
Judah LewisTeddyDemolition, The Babysitter
Darby CampKateBenji, Big Little Lies
Oliver HudsonDougWalk of Shame, Black Christmas
Kimberly Williams-PaisleyClaireFather of the Bride, According to Jim
Martin RoachOfficer PovedaThe Shape of Water
Lamorne MorrisNew GirlSandy Wexler

Questions You May Have

Wait, was that Steven Van Zandt?

Yes! You may have spotted Steven Van Zandt’s cameo in the prison. He plays Wolfie in this movie but is more commonly known for his role in one of the first Netflix Originals, Lilyhammer.

What happened to the father?

Throughout the movie, we learn more about the father and how he perished. At the church, Teddy reveals that Doug perished when saving someone in a fire.

What language did the elves speak?

Elvish of course!

Who played Mrs Claus?

Goldie Hawn who’s known for ‘The First Wives Club’, ‘Overboard’ and ‘Death Becomes Her’ features briefly at the end.

The Christmas Chronicles Soundtrack

  • Please Come Home for Christmas – The Eagles
  • Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
  • Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) – Elvis Presley
  • Santa Claus is Back In Town – Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul featuring Kurt Russell

The song played by Little Steven and Kurt Russell has yet to be released seperately. We’ll let you know if and when that’ll happen.

Will there be a sequel?

We really do need to see more of Kurt Russell as Santa but sadly, the story wrapped up quite nicely with Santa and Mrs Claus settling in to rewatch the night that was. We don’t believe there’ll be a sequel.

Need more Christmas movies?

The good news is that Netflix has plenty more Christmas movies in its Original library to enjoy this year. Beyond that, we’re going to be covering the best Christmas movies that aren’t Netflix Originals soon.

What did you think of the movie? Let us know in the comments.

Kasey Moore

Kasey Moore is the founder and editor-in-chief of What's on Netflix. Kasey launched the site in 2013 after growing frustration with finding content on Netflix. He has an in depth understanding of the release cycles for Netflix and has developed tools to make navigating Netflix easier. Resides in Norwich in the UK.