Mel Gibson as a weathered R-rated Santa who protects his life and livelihood from a vengeful mercenary (Walton Goggins) hired by a rich, not at all nice 12-year-old boy (Chance Hurstfield) who wants him dead . This is the kind of logline that you either join or not. If you’re like me, you’re going to be sold instantly. For example, if you’re asking logistical questions, limit yourself to these grossly entertaining festivities.
Fatman is about as dry and bitter as an off-brand seasonal IPA and can be an acquired taste. But if you are in the right fun mood it will bring a lot of vacation joy to the adults. This darkly amusing lark from Eshom and Ian Nelms, who benefits enormously from a talented ensemble that is utterly committed to playing this goofy premise without too many cute or winking moments, is a particular delight in their approach refreshingly omitted. While the tone is uneven, some subplots that involve the elves get myopic, the graphics are sometimes too boring, and the greeting a little too much, Fatman is a hell of a good time from start to finish. Sometimes it’s unsuspectingly cute too.