Not my favorite Santa Claus movie
Don't misunderstand me. I like Tim Allen's comedy. I am a big fan of "Home Improvement" and he does the best he can with the material he was given. But, like others on this site mentioned, the idea that he accidentally kills Santa and becomes the new one is a bit depressing.
Even though I am up there in years, I still have hung on to a little bit of the child in myself when it comes to suspending disbelief while watching fantasy films.
And to my mind, there are better fantasy films dealing with Christmas than this one.
In my opinion, one of the best films about Santa Claus is the one called "Santa Claus The Movie" starring Dudley Moore and John Lithgow. Now, granted the last half of the movie is over the top slapstick about the corrupt toymaker recruiting Dudley Moore's elf character to make candy canes that let people fly.
But, the first third of the movie that deals with the origin of Santa Claus still warms my heart like no other Santa Claus movie ever did or has ever done since. And, I am not ashamed to say that, still to this day, when he takes to the sky on his first flight, I get goosebumps.