Sunday, November 27, 2022

#31DaysOfChristmas: A Christmas Story Christmas


Watched on: HBO Max
Duration: 1 hour 38 minutes
Originally aired: November 2022
Directed by: Clay Kaytis
Starring: Peter Billingsley, Erinn Hayes, and River Drosche
Please see IMDb for full cast and crew information. 


Follows the now-adult Ralphie as he returns to the house on Cleveland Street to give his kids a magical Christmas like the one he had as a child, reconnecting with childhood friends, and reconciling the passing of his Old Man.


I was undecided on whether I was going to do the #31DaysOfChristmas movie reviews this year. I've only just started reading and blogging again, as well as being less than a month into a new job, trying to fully figure out what my new normal looks like. But tonight my husband made that decision for me by picking A Christmas Story Christmas as the movie we watched while eating pizza for dinner (because we are sick of Thanksgiving leftovers right now). I'm not going to watch a Christmas movie and not review it, and if I review one, I'm going to have to do the whole series (logical me realizes that's not true, but emotional me is in charge right now). So here we are. 

I think at this point in time most everyone is pretty familiar with A Christmas Story, and if you're not, do you just not own a television? It's a movie that you almost can't avoid starting on Thanksgiving every year, and it's been out long enough that the original actors play their adult selves in this sequel. In my mom's house, you can't have Thanksgiving without watching A Christmas Story, and I imagine A Christmas Story Christmas will become required watching as well. 

They did a great job of emulating the original film's tone in this sequel, mimicking several of the events from the original, but keeping it from feeling like a boring repeat story. Ralphie's imagination still runs away with him at some of the most inopportune times. And with just a little bit of luck, he pulls off a Christmas miracle. And I must admit, I got a little bit teary eyed at the end when we see what I believe led to him writing the book that inspired this and A Christmas story. 

Overall, as much as I hate to say this, I would definitely recommend giving this movie a gander. Just don't tell my mom I said that. - Katie 


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