The Christmas Chronicles is a film released on Netflix in December 2018.
The film follows Teddy (Judah Lewis) and Kate Pierce (Darby Camp), a brother and sister who haven't been getting along since their father passed away, much to the dismay of their mother. However, one fateful Christmas day, Kate spots a glimpse of Santa Claus (Kurt Russell) in an old home movie, which leads the two siblings into an adventure they'll never forget.
This Christmas, you get examples of:
- Arc Words: "A Pierce always sees things through."
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite the Pierce siblings bickering, they'll always have each others back when they need it most. Getting them to realize this was the reason Santa set everything up.
- BadassAdorable/ BewareTheNiceOnes: Santa's elves are not only master gift makers, they're also experts at defending themselves, and capturing trespassers and criminals. The thugs learned this the hard way.
- The Cameo: Russell's real-life wife Goldie Hawn makes an appearance as Mrs. Claus at the end.
- Conlang: Elves and the Clauses speak Elvish, a vaguely Scandinavian conlang created for the movie. Toward the end Kate learns how to speak it as well.
- Crowd Song: Faced with dwindling Christmas cheer, Santa rallies the residents of a police station's holding cells for a rousing rendition of "Santa Claus is Back in Town" to boost spirits.
- Dead Person Conversation: Teddy wished that Santa let him talk with his dad one last time. The wish is granted in the form of a golden ornament, which allows the two to give each other a final farewell.
- Did You Actually Believe...?: In a lighter version of the trope, Teddy asks if Kate actually thought Santa would let her keep the tape of their adventure.
- Disappeared Dad: Kate and Teddy's father died this year, leaving their mom as their only parental figure. His absence is sorely felt, especially by Teddy.
- Everyone Has Standards: Teddy may be a jerk, but not even he wants to break Kate's heart, by telling her Santa wasn't real. And it's a good thing too, because he turns out to be real after all
- Extremely Short Timespan: The majority of the film takes place on Christmas Eve.
- Foreshadowing: Despite claiming to lose the source of his power, Santa knows the names and Christmas wishes of everyone he comes across and pulls toys from Hammerspace, foreshadowing that he planned the whole adventure.
- Hammerspace: Santa pulls out a wide range of items from first inside his coat and then from behind his back, up to and including a piano.
- Nice Hat: Santa's signature red hat, as well as the source of his magic powers. Except not really.
- No Antagonist: The film doesn't have a major antagonist, except for the group of thugs that kidnaps Teddy.
- Saving Christmas: Santa and the Pierce siblings' mission after Santa's sleigh crashes.
- Serkis Folk: Santa's elves are completely CGI.
- Shout-Out: The parking valet at Nick's Place is watching Stranger Things.
- So Proud of You: Teddy and his dad are able to talk one last time and have the same thing to say: "I'm proud of you."
- Spontaneous Choreography: Justified during the Crowd Song. Santa hands out instruments which grant their players a mastery of both the instrument and the song they're playing.
- Take That!: One of the main things the film did was poke fun at most modern interpretations of Santa Claus these days. In particular, Santa is absolutely disgusted with how modern media depicts him as obese despite having a healthy weight.
- Trickster Mentor: The events of the night were all part of Santa's plan to mend the relationship between the two, restore their dwindling faith, and encourage Teddy to be a better person.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Santa and Kate both tell Teddy this to help him break free from his current downward spiral, culminating with Teddy taking the reins of the sleigh as Santa gives him a full pep talk.
- Your Heart's Desire: In a non-villainous example, Santa is able to discern the gift people most want for Christmas. This is not just based on letters as he easily spots a police officer's deepest wish is to have his ex-wife back.