Greetings valued Dan's Movie Readers, across my desk today comes a new film starring John Travolta called 'The Fanatic'. Hard to put a finger to be honest what this film is trying to accomplish, the promotional materials make it seem like it is a mixture of 'Rain Man' and 'Taxi Driver'. Sadly it is no where near either of those films. Travolta plays Moose, an autograph seeking man who is on the spectrum, meaning he is autistic, but has some cognoscenti reality of being.
Making a film where the centralized character is flawed is a difficult task, director Fred Durst from Limp Biskit misses the mark do to the fact of his stark portrayal of Moose and his interactions. John Travolta does an amazing job channeling the character, yet his surroundings and people that he meets are just not dynamic enough, and when there is emotion, it is almost always negative. The 'oh whoa is me' character gets rather stale after 30 minutes into the film.
To be quite honest, I really like Travolta as an actor, and this film shows his range, but the audience just does not get the full character, and the self deprecating, down trodden look is fine if you are looking for sympathy, but in 'The Fanatic' is rarely comes. A particular bright spot is the interaction in the beginning when a shop owner is being nice to him and offering to sell him a rare jacket at a discount. That aside, the look and feel of the film is dreary, and rather depressing, yes Rain Main was sad, but sad because of his circumstances, not the people around him. 'The Fanatic' tackles a very difficult subject matter, yet sadly is barely worthy of a watch for Travolta fans, his acting is great, the movie is very lackluster, and rates a very bland 4 out of 10.
If you live in the USA and have Amazon Prime, the film can be watched for free: https://www.amazon.com/Fanatic-John-Travolta/dp/B07XHTY5VN
U.K. Fans the film is available on Dazzler Media for pre order ships July 20th: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fanatic-DVD-John-Travolta/dp/B089CLZNZ8/ref=tmm_dvd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1591800229&sr=8-1