PLOT: A bratty child hires a hitman (Walton Goggins) to kill Santa Claus (Mel Gibson).
REVIEW: FATMAN is just one of those films that is almost impossible to define. As soon as I discovered that Mel Gibson was creating an R-rated Santa Claus film, I cringed. It seemed just like a BAD SANTA clone, however, the film I envisioned and the one that I obtained are radically separate – thank God. The matter is FATMAN is not a comedy. It is an action film, and likely Gibson’s most all-time pleasing person in awhile.
His Chris Cringle is not immediately shown to be the Santa Claus we all know and adore. We see him unloading ammo on soup cans at his yard, although Mrs. Cringle (the beautiful Marianne Baptiste) bakes him snacks to feed his apparently deep sugar addiction. He pops into city down to several pints and strikes off a bartender’s wed would-be-lover. So it is clear he is a sort of Santa, however, initially, it appears it looks like he is a”seated” sort. Certainly there would be no reindeer, elves, or even magical at this one I thought to myself. Wrong.
The Nelms Bros (Eshom & Ian) take their period showing how tightly they hew to the legend by simply performing a slow display, and also their awareness of verisimilitude is outstanding. From the world they are producing, everybody knows Santa is genuine (he receives a yearly stipend in the American authorities to spread delight ), along with his toys are not restricted to wooden workshop amounts. This Santa creates iPhones and notebooks.
But if you are poor all you receive is that a lump of coal, making Santa as despised as he’s adored. Input Walton Goggins as an expert assassin who is never really gotten over getting a lump of coal annually, and, as a sideline, gets away buying once-beloved Santa toys out of people who have fallen on tough times. He receives the work of a life every time a bratty child, angry at obtaining the shafthires him to kill”that the Fatman”a project he takes dead .
The movie is basically a two-hander, together with Gibson, as Chris, unable to maintain his workshop and performance afloat in our age of cutbacks, requiring him carrying on a while for the military. Meanwhile, the Goggins gets closer and closer to his victim, using a third-act bloodbath certainly from the card, though the R-rating that I was amazed to see just how barbarous and balls into the wall that it became. Keep in Mind that movie-within-a-movie at SCROOGED,”The Night the Reindeer Died?” Envision a grounded version – that is exactly what you are here.
Gibson, obviously, is fantastic – largely because he performs it sincerely. He goes to get a laugh, rather than enjoying his jaded Santa as a guy with all the burden of the planet on his spine. Goggins, additionally, it plays it more directly since the hardcore assassin (uttering the movie’s top line”Santa mother-f*cker!”) . Their mano-a-mano crap stands as just one of Gibson’s best-ever 1:1 struggles in a film (I am serious). Both are supported superbly by Baptiste, since the ever-loyal, adoring Mrs. Cringle, together with her or his Gibson having fictitious chemistry. They really do feel as a great older married couple.
That being said, it needs to be mentioned that FATMAN is not for everybody, as exhibited from the combined (at best) reviews it is getting out of critics. Nevertheless, there’s a minority people out there which will love this, and thankfully, I am one of these. It’s cult hit written all over it, also it is a requirement for Gibson lovers.