Fatman (2020) movie review
(Rachel said I needed to post a Christmas review.) So Fatman stars Mel Gibson as Chris (AKA Santa Claus), who is struggling to keep his business alive amiss a world continuously growing away from, well, being nice. However things begin to change when a 12 year old boy sends a hitman to kill Chris after he receives coal for Christmas. The film premiered just last month to honestly mixed reviews, with some praising the unique story and outlook on Santa, and others calling the film dull and unfocused.
If you are looking for a new Christmas film you haven’t seen, and you don’t mind splurging into the sub-sub-genre of alternative Christmas movies, may I recommend a different film. Perhaps an obscure horror film like Better Watch Out (2016)? Sure it might not have the Christmas spirit, but I’m not so sure Fatman does either… The film is honestly a mess, and while it isn’t terrible, it commits one of the worst sins a film can make: It’s kinda boring.
So easily the biggest problem with Fatman is the focus. The film dedicates maybe one fourth of its runtime to this kid who, honestly doesn’t need to be in the film this much. A fourth goes to Walton Goggins as the hitman after Santa, but that’s pretty much a road trip with a killer and a hamster. A fourth goes to Santa dealing with the US military forcing him to do contract work for money since, well, Christmas is a business. And the final fourth of this film quickly and abruptly shoves the latter two quarters together in an attempt to- end the movie. It doesn’t flow well, and that’s mostly because it saves the most interesting thing about this film until the last ten minutes.
Now I did find quite a bit of this move interesting at least! Seeing a worn out Santa dealing with money troubles was honestly super captivating! Chris and his wife Ruth were both great characters, and the performances from Mel Gibson and Marianne Jean-Baptiste were equally strong. Walton Goggins also gives the role of the hitman his best, even if that means he spends most of the film NOT trying to kill Santa. And I honestly can’t tell if Chance Hurstfield is great in this film or actually a psychopath. Either way, that dilemma doesn’t do the film any good.
Well, I think that’s my entire review. Everything else is just frankly not worth mentioning aside for the tone, which isn’t much of anything. It’s not that funny, it’s not tense, it’s not very entertaining. Really there’s some decent acting put into some interesting ideas wrapped in a failed attempt to toss those ideas together. It’s not terrible, but I’m not sure Fatman is really worth checking out. 5/10.
So Fatman? Did you watch it yet? What did you think? And what is your favorite Christmas B-movie? Has to be about Christmas! None of those kinda sorta not really a Christmas movie movies! (Okay it can if you want, just leave a like and a comment!) And we are pretty close to bringing 2020 movies to a close, so be sure to let us know if there’s anything else we should check out and review!
-review by Ryan Prince