Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, John Lithgow, Linda Cardellini, John Cena
Director: Sean Anders
Release date: 22nd November 2017
Brad (Will Ferrell) and Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) are now the best of buddies. Since their ‘dad war’ in the first movie, they are now working together as a team. During a School Christmas Pageant, the two hear from one of their kids that she doesn’t like Christmas anymore. She loves the presents but the thought of 2 Christmases is making her sad. The decision is made to have a joint family Christmas. Dusty gets a call from his dad, Kurt (Mel Gibson) to say he’s arriving the next day and co-incidentally, Brad’s dad, Don (John Lithgow) is arriving too. They go and meet the dad’s at the airport and on returning to the house, Kurt decides that he’s gonna get them somewhere really great to stay for the Holidays. He sorts them a really amazing log cabin. Can the family get through the Christmas holiday without rowing? With tensions running high, can Dusty and Brad make it through without killing each other?
Bought to you by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s, Gary Sanchez Production Company in partnership with Paramount Pictures, ‘Daddy’s Home 2’ picks up a while after the first movie (possibly real time). After an extremely turbulent turn of events, the pair are new very chummy, with Brad bringing Dusty cups of hot cocoa at work. The problems only begin to surface when their dad’s show up and personality clashes start to happen. Each of the dad’s is *extremely* different to one another, with Don being very close to his son and Kurt is the opposite. He and Dusty have a pretty rocky relationship. The first ‘Daddy’s Home’ movie was released back in 2015 and Sean Anders once again takes the reins as Director.
I am not ashamed to say that I am a huge fan of Will Ferrell and all of his work. I absolutely loved the first movie and wondered how the onscreen relationship with Will and Mark would play out. Needn’t have worried though because they have a great on screen chemistry. I guess Will can come across as being a bit ‘Marmite-y’… you either love or hate him. It’s probably the same with most actors these days but I’m definitely in the ‘love’ camp. First saw him as an evil henchman in one of the Austin Powers movies and since then if he’s in something then I’ve probably watched it. Check out some of his SNL stuff if you can.
The cast in this movie is fantastic.. Will, Mark, the lovely and very well respected John Lithgow (who scared the hell out of me in Santa Claus: The Movie, back in the day) and the wonderful Mel Gibson. Wasn’t sure how these four would work together but they are brilliant. The comedy from each actor is really great and each of them brings their own bit of Gold to the pot.
The movie is rated PG which I guess I was a tiny bit surprised by, but it can only be a good thing. Families can go and watch this together as well as a group of mates. I absolutely loved it and laughed all the way through. You even get a bit of singing from Will and the cast at the end. The song will be in your head for a while afterwards.
A great Christmas movie, I for one will definitely be going to see it again. Just make sure you stay til after the credits for an extra little goody!