Directed by Clay Kaytis
Starring Peter Billingsley, Erinn Hayes, Scott Schwartz,
For as long as I can remember every Christmas TBS would hold a 24-hour marathon of the movie A Christmas Story. For years I have seen only parts of the movie never quite understanding why this movie was so loved and deserved to be played a whole day. But I believe that the reason is that it’s a simple story about a boy, family, friends, and the simple desire to get the perfect gift, in his case a bb gun even if everyone warned him that he was going to hit his eye with it. I think it was a more down-to-earth Christmas movie, no Santa Claus miracle or anything like that, just a relatable story where kids could relate and parents could too.
The sequel takes place years later, now Ralphie has his own family and is getting ready for Christmas when he gets the news of the passing of his Dad and they go to spend the holidays with his mother back home. Now it’s up to him to provide the perfect Christmas for his family while trying to make it as a writer.
I have to say I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the film. I think it carried the simplicity of the first film, the charm, and the fun of the first film. I thought what they did to remember the actor who played the father in the first film was well done and how he was still part of the story. I have to say that it’s a good family film. a Christmas story that feels real and just like the first one more relatable than most films about the season that is filled with “Santa” miracles, not that there is something wrong with that. There is only one thing that would be considered a miracle in this genre of films, but it was believable. As a parent, I could relate to Ralphie and his desire for success and to give his family the best Christmas and the film does a good at the end of reminding the audience of what matters beyond the gifts. I had fun with the film and yes, I admit, I was moved by the story.
I can say that if you are looking for a Christmas film to see with the family I’m sure there are many options, I think this one should be on the list. I think if you are a fan of the first film you might enjoy it because it carries the same feeling around the movie but anyone can enjoy the film and then go a visit the first film.