Daddy’s Home - 1 Star
This movie was so awful that I could not stop laughing at how bad it was.
Daddy’s Home follows a mild-mannered radio executive (Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father (Wahlberg) arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids.
As you can see, hardly a strong premise for any film and while it certainly targeting a family audience it doesn’t have to resort to lowest-common-denominator humour. Mark Wahlberg’s performance was certainly the strongest and his charming character seemed to charm the audience as well. He plays comedy well – even at times upstaging Ferrell, the “comedian” of the piece. Hannibal Buress and Thomas Haden Church had minor roles, but both delivered the lines in a humours fashion. Will Ferrell has never been a strong actor and this performance is no different.
Overall, another un-intelligent movie – this one, however is one for the whole family. In the Oscar season, where everything is a true story or a very sad story this light-hearted film may come as a relief to families. Critically, however it doesn’t stand – there are far better films to see at this time of year.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Paramount Pictures