I been waiting a while for this one and it didn’t let me down.
The film stars Mel Gibson as Santa Claus in the modern world. Tired, disillusioned and grumpy but still cares deeply. After getting into trouble with the IRS he has to put the elves to work filling a contract with the US Government. Meanwhile a spoiled and mean little bastard has hired an expert hitman to kill Santa for giving him a lump of coal for Christmas.
Sounds silly? Yes but it is treated seriously with real pathos and character development. There is little of the boring hipster irony in this one. Like the Christmas horror, Rare Exports, this one is treated correctly. Of course there is humor in it and it’s done properly. Also see Rare Exports. It’s good.
Walton Goggins plays the hitman who agrees to take out Kris because he was hurt by Santa in his childhood from something that twisted him. He is the best part of the movie. He is mean and nasty and snarky to everyone. Very cool. The kind of bad guy you love to watch. Kind of like the bad guy in No Country For Old Men, where the bad guy is maybe even more interesting than the protagonists.
The end is violent and bloody. No it’s not a Wild Bunch level shoot out ending but it’s worth it. You get to see Goggins go on a slaughter rampage and Santa dual wield a 1911 and a Colt Walker.
4-1/4 stars Very High Recommend.