The Christmas Chronicles: Part 2

Hello, my darling readers!
It’s almost Christmas, can you believe that? I could swear it was March only yesterday.
There is one particular Christmas movie I was curious about. Last year (a little late to the party as usual) I watched The Christmas Chronicles, and Netflix dropped a sequel this year!

The Plot (from Rotten Tomatoes):

Teenager Kate Pierce is reunited with Santa Claus when a troublemaker threatens to cancel Christmas — forever.

The Rating:

Let’s see, what can I say about this one?
Overall I did enjoy it but you shouldn’t have your expectations up too high.

First of all, what was good about this sequel?

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The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

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That’s it, I finally finished watching the third Santa Clause movie. The first one was quite cute, the second rather terrible. So, how about number 3?

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Christmas cheer turns into holiday chaos when Scott Calvin (Tim Allen), aka Santa, invites his in-laws (Ann-Margret, Alan Arkin) for a visit and must, simultaneously, contend with Jack Frost’s (Martin Short) scheme to take over the North Pole. Scott, his family and Head Elf Curtis must join forces to foil the nefarious plot.

The Rating:

Oh gosh, this was terrible. So very, very terrible. Mind you, The Santa Clause 3 is so bad, the Disney+ app on TV crashed twice and refused to continue streaming the film.

I hated everything about this movie. So, what could it be about a harmless Christmas flick that elicits such revulsion in me?

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A Christmas Carol (2009)

Hello, my darling readers!
After watching the Christmas Carol version of The Muppets, I was so excited about the story, that I wanted to give this adaptation a shot as well. Let’s see how Jim Carrey holds up as Scrooge!

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Though London awaits the joyful arrival of Christmas, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) thinks it’s all humbug, berating his faithful clerk and cheerful nephew for their view. Later, Scrooge encounters the ghost of his late business partner, who warns that three spirits will visit him this night. The ghosts take Scrooge on a journey through his past, present and future in the hope of transforming his bitterness.

The Rating:

Well, I don’t know what this was but it was definitely not it.
Sure, the film hat it’s moments, but overall it’s a take on Charles Dickens’ story that I wouldn’t watch again.

While I certainly appreciate the amount of work that must have gone into this motion-capture thing, it just didn’t hit the right spot for me. It’s a weird amalgam of crazy images and often features over the top scenes. Honestly, the laugh of the one ghost will haunt my nightmares.

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The Santa Clause 2

Hello, my lovely readers!
After revisiting some childhood memories by watching The Santa Clause, I decided to give the sequels a shot as well. So, let’s talk about The Santa Clause 2!

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) has been in the role of Santa for the past eight years, and his loyal elves consider him the best one ever. But the world of the “Merry Old Soul” turns upside down when he’s dealt a double whammy of news: Not only has his son, Charlie (Eric Lloyd), landed on this year’s naughty list, but Scott discovers that he must marry by Christmas Eve — just a month away! — or he will stop being Santa Claus forever.

The Rating:

Uff, what can I say about this one?
Well, it was bad. Very bad.

While the first movie was kind of charming and nice to watch, this one makes no sense and made me just cringe a lot.

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The Muppet Christmas Carol

Hello, my darling readers!
In anticipation of this year’s Christmas, I went through Disney+’s library of holiday movies to find something new to watch. Well, why not tackle the abundance of A Christmas Carol adaptations out there? Let’s being with the Muppets’ take on the story!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

The Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Other Muppets — Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear and Sam the Eagle — weave in and out of the story, while Scrooge receives visits from spirits of three Christmases — past, present and future. They show him the error of his self-serving ways, but the miserable old man seems to be past any hope of redemption and happiness.

The Muppets on RT

The Rating:

Oh this was a delight!
I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect from this and my hopes certainly weren’t too high. I was so surprised by this wonderful little flick.

The first thing that surprised me was how close the Muppets version is to Charles Dickens’ novella. I wouldn’t have thought that a movie with puppets woud be able to elicit this famous story so well.

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The Santa Clause

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I was thinking about which Christmas movies I could review this year and spend a hot minute browsing Disney+. Well, I stumbled upon The Santa Clause, a film I remember watching on VHS. Turns out, there are two sequels I haven’t seen yet, so I’ve got my schedule set!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

Divorced dad Scott (Tim Allen) has custody of his son (Eric Lloyd) on Christmas Eve. After he accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit, they are magically transported to the North Pole, where an elf explains that Scott must take Santa’s place before the next Christmas arrives. Scott thinks he’s dreaming, but over the next several months he gains weight and grows an inexplicably white beard. Maybe that night at the North Pole wasn’t a dream after all — and maybe Scott has a lot of work to do.

The Rating:

Okay, so first of all, let me tell you something: I had never noticed that the title is a play on words. Up until know I had only seen the film in German and it doesn’t quite work there. Anyways, let’s get to the review!

Many films you remember from your childhood don’t hold up once you rewatch them as an adult. Well, this one was actually still pretty cute!

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