There is a tremendous line between comedy and tragedy, which is why black comedy is a movie style that’s notoriously powerful to get proper. Regardless of good performances and a few good moments, Fatman—during which Mel Gibson performs a gruff, grizzled, disillusioned Santa—does not fairly succeed tonally find that elusive candy spot. The trailer was actually promising, however the idea is healthier than the final word execution. That mentioned, it is nonetheless fairly entertaining, and a strong addition to the rising style of what one may name “anti-holiday” movies.
(Some spoilers under, however no main reveals.)
Written and directed by brothers Eshom and Ian Nelms (Small City Crime), the movie co-stars Walton Goggins (The Righteous Gems, Ant-Man and the Wasp) and Oscar-nominee Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Secrets and techniques and Lies, Blindspot). Per the official premise:
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