Ho, Ho… Ho? Santa Claus has came to town just in time for the holidays at your local theater. He comes with presents, Christmas magic, and a whole lot of violence. Yes, that’s not a typo, this version of Old Saint Nick has to inadvertently get his hands bloody to save a family’s Christmas, and it’s just as awesome as you’d imagine.
It’s Christmas time again, and the pressure of delivering presents to all the good boys & girls across the globe is getting to Santa. He’s a drunken mess, but that’s to be expected, right? I’m sure being Santa has its perks, one of them being only having to work once a year, but man, what a stressful one day it must be.
David Harbour, most famously known for playing Hopper in Stranger Things, is our Santa Claus in Violent Night, and if we’re giving out best casting awards, this one would take the cake for me. After watching the film, there’s just nobody else that could have portrayed a murderous, yet loving, Santa. He does such a good job at being vicious and mean, but also caring and gentle when he needs to be. Harbour is excellent at balancing the two sides, similar to his performance in Stranger Things.
A Christmas Gone Sour
The story in Violent Night is rather straight forward, but serves the script well. Santa, while delivering presents to the Lightstone family, gets caught up in a heist gone wrong. He must fight his way out while also trying to save an innocent child who just wants to have a good Christmas. It’s not overly complicated and it doesn’t need to be, just pure fun in cinema form.
This simple plot serves the script well, with tons of hilarious jokes, and plenty of action packed into under 2 hours.
Letting Actors Shine
Violent Night has some stellar Cinematography, coupled with amazing set design and some great acting. Harbour of course brings it as he always does, but across the board I thought everyone did a great job in this film. John Leguizamo playing the villain was a great choice as he absolutely smashed it as Harbour’s counter. Even the random members of Leguizamo’s squad were great, each offering up funny moments, and some rather painful ones.
If you’re a fan of Christmas movies and you’re looking for a good time, or just something different than the boring love stories, then this is your movie. There’s not a second where you’ll find yourself being bored during this film, and there will be plenty of laughs in store for you.
Obviously to any parents, don’t take your kids to see this film. This film is bloody, and for some scenes you may have to close your eyes. It never holds back which is why I love it so much. A last shout-out to David Harbour who is such an underrated actor. Without a doubt Violent Night is one of the best movies I’ve seen in 2022. Happy Holidays everyone!