John Travolta stars in a B-movie thriller as a developmentally-challenged obsessed fan in Fred Durst’s The Fanatic. Quite frankly, this review should just end here. If this odd role choice by John Travolta intrigues you in any way or your curiosity is piqued, see The Fanatic. You will love/hate this movie and take pride in the fact that you’ve seen it.
John Travolta plays Moose. I don’t exactly know what’s wrong with Moose, but I would venture to guess a traumatic childhood event kept Moose from ever maturing into a normal adult. He speaks in very simple terms. His logic is that of a child, and there’s a high level of narcissism to this character. He is a huge horror fanatic and idolizes…no worships…his favorite action star Hunter Dunbar (Devon Sawa).
Moose is a loner with only one real friend, Leah (Ana Golja), who takes it upon herself to be his protector. She also acts as the film’s infrequent narrator. Moose makes a living working at Hollywood & Highland dressed as an English Bobby along with the other costumed folks posing for pictures. There are those on Hollywood Boulevard who sympathizes with Moose, while others just want to take advantage of him to the point of bullying.
“…should have known Moose would find Dunbar’s home and confront him directly.”
The main plot begins with actor Hunter Dunbar appearing at Moose’s favorite memorabilia store for a book signing. Just as Moose reaches the front of the line, Dunbar takes off to argue with his girlfriend in the back alley. Moose is upset by being snubbed and confronts Dunbar outside. Dunbar threatens Moose with violence and proceeds to humiliate Moose. Here Moose sort of snaps.
"…this can’t be John Travolta. But oh my god, it is"