So there is a movie called Fat man. Fat man plays Mel Gibson as the grizzled Santa Claus and Walton Goggins as the assassin who tries to take out the funny old saint once and for all Somehow this film was made and so here we are.
Marketed as “Action” and “Dark Comedy”. Fat man doesn’t fall neatly into either genre. In fact, it’s hard to call Fat man A comedy at all, which is unfortunate because it had to be really, really, really funny to be successful. And that’s not it.
Fat man had a lot of potential. Gibson plays an R-rated Santa who knows how to use guns? In the right hand it could be amazing. And Gibson fights goggins? Inspired casting if I’ve ever seen it.
There is potential here.
Written and directed by Eshom and Ian Nelms, Fat man is a gray, dark and grim depiction of Santa Claus and his elves, but creativity ends there. The film is anything but boring, but it’s not exactly exciting either, and it’s certainly not humorous or smart or full of energy. It’s like the Nelms duo got the idea that they would turn into a movie but didn’t spend time thinking about how to turn that idea into a fun movie.
If you’re looking for the next one Bad Santa Claus, keep looking.
It sucks because an R-rated action movie for Santa Claus starring Mel Gibson and Walton Goggins could have been great. But a lack of humor or nervousness prevents them from fleeing.
Rating by Erik Samdahl, unless otherwise stated.