“Christmas Chronicles 2” Director Chris Columbus Says Film is About ‘Bringing Families Together’

At a time when the nation is reeling from the chaos of 2020, “Christmas Chronicles 2” encourages audiences to remember the importance of family, generosity, and togetherness, Director Chris Columbus said.

In an interview with The Christian Post, Columbus (writer of “Gremlins,” director of “Home Alone”) said he intended the new Netflix film starring Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn to “be the kind of film … that you can watch with your whole family.”

“We’re in a bit of a divided country right now, and it’s the film is about bringing people together, it’s about bringing families together,” Columbus said. “I think that we as a country need to get back to that place where we all support each other. We all look out for each other. And I mean that in the best possible sense.”

Set two years after the original “Christmas Chronicles,” the new Netflix film follows a now teenage Kate (Darby Camp) as she struggles to accept her mother’s new relationship with Bob (Tyrese Gibson). She’s also upset about spending Christmas in Cancun — away from the snow, Christmas trees, and chilly festivities she knows and loves.

Determined to celebrate Christmas back at home, Kate devises a plan to run away. However, she’s unaware that Bob’s son, Jack (Jahzir Bruno), tagged along for the ride. Thanks to the efforts of conniving troublemaker Belsnickel (Julian Dennison), Kate and Jack find themselves in the North Pole. Though Kate is delighted at the discovery, it’s soon evident that she, along with Santa (Russell), Mrs. Claus (Hawn), and Jack must once again save Christmas and stop Belsnickel from destroying “the most wonderful time of the year.”

“It’s all about positivity,” Columbus said. “There’s a line in the film that’s particularly poignant, which is, ‘Family isn’t about where you are. It’s about who you’re with.’ And for me, that’s particularly poignant now since we’re also isolated.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett