Title – Daddy’s Home 2 (2017)
Director – Sean Anders (Horrible Bosses 2)
Cast – Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, John Lithgow, Linda Cardellini, Alessandra Ambrosio, John Cena
Plot – Step dad’s Brad (Ferrell) and Dusty (Wahlberg) find their Christmases unhinged by the holiday arrivals of their respective dads Don (Lithgow) and Kurt (Gibson).
“You don’t think I can operate a chainsaw?”
Review by Eddie on 04/04/2018
There are a lot of funny things in life but Daddy’s Home 2 isn’t one of them.
A sequel to a film that was acceptable but not entirely crying out for another chapter, Daddy’s Home 2 is one of the most offensively bland and uninspired creations to appear on our cinema screens in some time and marks down an occasion in all of its stars careers in which they are likely to look back on and feel an immense sense of embarrassment and shame in what they helped create.
A film in which children flaunting gun controls or getting drunk is supposedly comedy gold or repeated scenes of Will Ferrell kissing John Lithgow on the lips alongside Mel Gibson playing a creepy version of his real life persona being repeated over and over because its seemingly so hilarious, Daddy’s Home 2 isn’t so bad its good, it’s just plain bad and a shocking result for a cast that have proven in times past to be perfectly capable at delivering comedic wins.
Most frustratingly, Daddy’s Home 2 completely wastes the on screen chemistry between its two leads Ferrell and Wahlberg, who created great things with their first pairing up in The Other Guys and to a lesser extent the first Daddy’s Home from 2015 but here in returning director Sean Anders film the two capable performers look tired, bored and like they’ve failed to disengage auto-pilot and it’s likely that the thought of the pay check they were to receive for signing away their dignity was all they needed to get them through this shameful affair.
Other performers in the film also fail to fire up proceedings, with Lithgow trying his best but still struggling with an unlikeable character while the Razzie winning Gibson should’ve known better than to mark his big screen comeback with such a creepy, odd and uninspired role, while the films structuring around a collection of badly done slapstick and creepy scenarios makes you wonder if anyone even read the script before camera’s started rolling.
Final Say –
The very worst kind of Hollywood family comedy, that’s inability to create a single genuine laugh or utilise its name brand cast makes it a crime against cinema, Daddy’s Home 2 is a shockingly inept experience that’s saved from 0 star purgatory purely by a must-see finale that has to be one of cinemas all-time greatest cringe-fests.
½ a cup of make-up coco out of 5