To save his declining business, Chris Cringle, also known as Santa Claus, is forced into a partnership with the U.S. military. Making matters worse, Chris gets locked into a deadly battle of wits against a highly skilled assassin, hired by a precocious 12-year-old, after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking.
“The Chairman” – Well, well. I have to say that the trailer definitely sold a far different movie than the one I watched. The movie takes the subject matter, the mythos of Santa Claus, far more seriously than I was ever expecting.
If you me told that Mel Gibson’s portrayal was inspired by Ben Affleck’s Batman/Bruce Wayne, this wouldn’t be a surprise at all. He is jaded and sees zero redeeming qualities in the youth of the world, which you can relate to in the most visceral way. The only thing that keeps him going is the love of his wife, and the government subsidy cheques – yes, he is “that old man”.
There is no real delving into how Santa Claus become the man we see in this movie, not asking for an origin story just a flashback maybe. He has the grittiness (and grunts) of Mad Max in ROAD WARRIOR without us ever have the context of the first instalment of the MAD MAX series.
The villains are the most well developed characters, not for purpose of making them relatable but more for us to hate them. Billy Wenan (Chance Hurstfield), is a spoilt brat who gets everything he wants and has an actual hit-man intimidate his school rivals. So yes, this child is deranged.
Jonathan Miller (Walton Goggins), the abovementioned hit-man, has a personal vendetta directed at Santa Claus due to his power limitations of a Christmas wish. He is a cold killer, who wants to wipe the joy of Christmas from every child, in essence he is the Anti-Claus.
This is the Christmas we need for 2020, even though there is so much darkness in the world and all hope seems lost. If we remember what is important, there is light at the end of the tunnel. 7/10
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