2017 in Cinema:
Daddy’s Home 2, 2017
Directed by: Sean Anders
Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, John Cena, John Lithgow, Mel Gibson
After November’s film sequel about misbehaving mothers at Christmas comes November’s film sequel about misbehaving fathers at Christmas. Daddy’s Home 2 starts with Brad (Will Ferrell, The House) and Dusty (Mark Wahlberg, The Departed) deciding on a together Christmas to avoid all the family having to be taken back and forth from each house. However their plans are interrupted when Brad and Dusty’s fathers, Don (John Lithgow, Terms of Endearment) and Kurt (Mel Gibson, Braveheart) come to visit and they soon embark on a week’s stay at a ski resort to celebrate Christmas. Hilarity soon ensues with all the chaos caused from Brad and Dusty’s relationship as well as all the other relationships between the fathers and sons.
It’s a pretty fine comedy, with moments of good jokes combined with some poor ones, but the characters are all likeable and funny in their own way (except the females, much like the men in A Bad Mom’s Christmas, the females in Daddy’s Home 2 don’t get too much of an arc). While it was a typical American comedy in terms of their jokes, I loved Mel Gibson’s performance. His sarcastic no-nonsense attitude nicely contrasted with the typical painful-humour films such as these are known for.
Unfortunately this film fell into the same trap as A Bad Mom’s Christmas in that the fathers’ fathers were simply more animated versions, but they had more differences than in A Bad Mom’s Christmas, which was quite nice to see. And John Cena, once again, shows that despite being known for wrestling, his comedic talent is brilliant; nicely combining his size with this added another layer to the trio of fathers/step-fathers and their kids.
However, for a comedy, its biggest downfall was actually its own trailer. While trailers normally advertise the funnier moments, they leave enough in the film to entertain those who have seen it; this film unfortunately had most of its jokes in the trailers and those which were left were simply Brad losing control of a machine and hurting himself and causing some damage. And during a comedy when you’re not laughing it slows the film down somewhat. And, as previously mentioned, the women in this film aren’t given much screen time at all. The kids get a bit, but the mothers only have a small scene together (and they look quite strikingly alike) which, I know the film is about the fathers, is a bit disappointing to see a film borderline ignore its own characters.
It’s an entertaining film with colourful characters and a nice story with a nice ending, but it’s nothing too spectacular and, at times, it can be almost boring as some of the jokes fail. Mel Gibson’s performance is hilarious and John Cena is a nice addition late on.
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