Patrick Doyle’s wondrously bombastic score sounds as if Franz Waxman were scoring a slasher movie.
The film is contemptible for a belief in its own stature as a daring attempt to parse through the minutia of its core relationship.
Criterion’s Blu-ray for The Fisher King packs an audio/visual wallop, but is undermined by its transparent interest in communal naval-gazing.
This third and supposedly final edition in the franchise is nothing more than an uncomfortably transparent contractual obligation.
Whereas Bad Santa was nastier and riskier, as well as more mischievously winsome, A Merry Friggin’ Christmas is as curiously timid as it is morally dubious.