Christmas is coming so lets take a look at a festive blu-ray offering. The film in question is Fatman (2020) starring Mel Gibson. Its a dark comedy packed full with action. Should you be adding this to someone’s Christmas stocking? I think it’s time to find out, this is my Fatman blu-ray review.
- Fatman (2020)
- Blu-ray German Import
- Genre: Dark Comedy / Action
- Directed by Eshom Nelms / Ian Nelms
- UK Rating N/A
- Discs: 1
Chris Cringle (Mel Gibson) and his wife Ruth run a Christmas present factory in Alaska. However times are hard and the kids are proving a tough crowd to please.
Furthermore the US government has reduced the Cringle ‘s income forcing them to take on a project from the US military.
If all that wasn’t enough a kid, Billy Wenan has put out a contract on Chris Cringle which hitman Jonathan Mille takes on.
Style / Direction
Written and directed by Eshom Nelms / Ian Nelms they deliver a dark look at the world that Santa Claus or Chris Cringle has to operate in. Does it work? Absolutely it looks fantastic, the camera work and angles are stunning at times.
May be that’s down in part to Johnny Derango who the one responsible for the film’s cinematography.
Not only does it look great but the plot moves along at the perfect pace.
Music / Audio Effects
The film’s score comes from Mondo Boys.
Acting / Characters
Mel Gibson plays Chris Cringle a man disillusioned with the world. He still gets out and delivers the presents to the children every 25th December but his heart is no longer in it. Gibson plays this role expertly and really impresses.
Walton Goggins takes on the role Jonathan Mille a kind of hitman for hire. He believes Chris Cringle let him down as a child and is hired be another angry child, Billy Wenan to take him out!
I should also mention Marianne Jean-Baptiste, she plays Ruth Cringle wife of Chris. She’s the optimist and the one that gives Chris a much needed kick up the backside. Marianne Jean-Baptiste plays the roles exceptionally well.
In fact all of the actors turn in very good performances which really do help to turn this wacky world/story into something special.
- Mel Gibson as Chris Cringle
- Walton Goggins as Jonathan Mille
- Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Ruth Cringle
- Chance Hurstfield as Billy Wenan
- Robert Bockstael as Captain Jacobs
- Eric Woolfe as Elf 7
- Susanne Sutchy as Sandy
- Deborah Grover as Anne Marie
Conclusion: Fatman (2020) Film Review
Fatman is a dark action comedy that really does work. It looks fabulous and has fun story, add to that it also has a good cast. There’s also a rather nice western style climax and shootout ending to enjoy!
If you are looking for a something a little different this Christmas I highly recommend giving Fatman a look! I think this will become a bit of cult classic.
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Conclusion: Fatman Blu-ray Review
The version I’m reviewing here is the German one as once again UK is left without a blu-ray release. All you need do is change the language to English in the menu and everything is good. The film is from 2020 so picture quality is not an issue.
There also an interview with Mel Gibson (in English) that’s worth a look.
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Popcorn Cinema Rating: Fatman (2020)
MOVIE RATING: EXCELLENT
BLU-RAY RATING: EXCELLENT
POPCORN CINEMA: RECOMMENDED
Fatman (2020) Film Trailer
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not be representative of the blu-ray version
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Summary: Fatman (2020) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: Fatman (2020)
Movie description: Festive fun with Mel Gibson as Chris Cringle
Duration: 100 mins
Director(s): Eshom Nelms, Ian Nelms
Actor(s): Mel Gibson, Walton Goggins, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Chance Hurstfield, Robert Bockstael, Eric Woolfe, Susanne Sutchy, Deborah Grover
Genre: Dark Comedy, Action
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Rating
Fatman is a dark action comedy that really does work
Good Dark Christmas Movie Mel Gibson Well Directed
UK Only Has DVD Release