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Fatman Movie Review

So, there’s a movie called FatmanFatman stars Mel Gibson as a grizzled Santa Claus and Walton Goggins as an assassin attempting to take the jolly old saint out once and for all. Somehow, this movie got made, and so here we are.

Marketed as both “action” and “dark comedy,” Fatman doesn’t fall cleanly into either genre. In fact, it’d be hard to call Fatman a comedy at all, which is unfortunate because it really, really, really needed to be funny to succeed. And it isn’t.

Fatman had a lot of potential. Gibson playing an R-rated Santa Claus who knows how to handle weapons? In the right hand, that could be amazing. And Gibson battling Goggins? Inspired casting if I’ve ever seen it.

There’s potential here.

Unrealized potential.

Written and directed by Eshom and Ian Nelms, Fatman is a gray, dark and grim depiction of Santa and his elves, but the creativity ends there. While far from boring, the movie isn’t exactly enthralling either, and it certainly isn’t humorous or clever or brimming with energy. It’s as if the Nelms duo had an idea that they turned into a movie, but didn’t spend time to think through how to turn that idea into an entertaining movie.

If you’re looking for the next Bad Santa, keep looking.

It’s a real bummer, because an R-rated Santa Claus action movie starring Mel Gibson and Walton Goggins could have been an awesome. But a lack of humor, or edginess, keeps this one from taking flight.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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