Things I Like: A Christmas Story Christmas (2022 Film)

A Christmas Story Christmas HBO Max 2022 movie poster Peter Billingsley

It took me many decades to actually watch the first A Christmas Story movie. I had never seen it come on reruns on TV and it just wasn’t a common thing played at my house during childhood. But I watched it about maybe 10 years ago and I liked it. I was interested in seeing this new sequel on HBO Max. I had no idea that there were many different sequels and prequels to A Christmas Story (all based on a book series) but this is the only one to bring back most of the original cast.

Ralphie Parker A Christmas Story Christmas HBO Max 2022 movie

I was born 5 years after A Christmas Story was made. And Ralphie Parker is all grown up.. . and middle-aged. It definitely can make you feel old.

Grandma Parker hugging grandkids A Christmas Story Christmas HBO Max 2022 movie Julie Hagerty

The story revolves around the recent death of his father which happens right before Christmas. So he takes his family to go see his mother and spend Christmas in Indiana.

Ralphie Parker hugging Schwartz and Flick A Christmas Story Christmas HBO Max 2022 movie Peter Billingsley

But as Ralphie goes back to his hometown, he’ll see a lot of familiar faces. Good and bad.

Ralphie Parker caught with Christmas tree star by Officer Scut Farkus A Christmas Story Christmas HBO Max 2022 movie Peter Billingsley

And a lot of problems come up his way. But with his father gone, there’s a lot of pressure for him to save Christmas, and you know it’s not going to be as easy as buying a BB gun for his boy.

Santa Claus and Elves Higbee's department store A Christmas Story Christmas HBO Max 2022 movie

I will say the best thing about the movie is the nostalgia. I think the first one was set in the 1940s and this one is set in the 1970s. But sometimes it feels just like the first movie. Like I said before, Ralphie and his friends are all played by the same actors from 1983. The big exception is that the woman who played his mother retired awhile back, and she was unfortunately recasted.

Ralphie Parker and family Christmas dinner A Christmas Story Christmas HBO Max 2022 movie Peter Billingsley

I will say that it’s not the perfect sequel. It’s very unlikely that the general public will treat this as the same Christmas classic as the original was. But it’s a decent movie that moves a little slow at times. It may not be Christmas gold but it’s definitely Christmas bronze.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Ananka says:

    I watched a great one on Netflix last night called Love Hard. It made me laugh and cry at the same time. It was a good film that I enjoyed. You watched it?

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  2. Theresa says:

    I’ve heard good reviews about this one. I think we’re going to watch it tomorrow.

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