09.12.2015 is a red letter date in the life of Back to the Viewer. It marks the date of my first Premiere and Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg didn’t let me down, it was no Hell’s Angels but it did the trick.
Will and Mark (of course, we’re on first name terms now!) greeted the excited audience at approximately 1912 hrs with the good grace and comic sass we’ve become accustomed to in recent years that set the movie up real dandy. The pair left the room to the cries of one adoring fan shreiking “I love you Will!”
But what looked to be on paper like a cheap rehash of The Other Guys, they actually manage to pull it off with the audience in stitches and the cult status of The Other Guys firmly cementing itself as the benchmark for what appears to be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Okay, okay I admit, a Casablanca reference seems a little high brow for Daddy’s Home. But what really made this film was the shared appreciation of an expectant audience. We know what we’re going to get from Will Ferrell in everything he does, from Step Brothers to Zoolander 2 but we eat that s*** up because of his inimitable comic timing.
Daddy isn’t going to be bringing home the Oscar for Best Picture, or Best Anything for that matter but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good movie. In fact Will Ferrell demands more recognition for Comedy from the Academy. Claiming with no false modesty that “we make it look too easy.” But I digress.
Ferrell plays Brad, a successful radio executive and doting step-father to his wife’s two children. The daily struggle to earn their respect and love is a challenge Brad faces head on channeling his inner Brit, stiff upper lip in tow. Sarah, played by Linda Cardellini appreciates the challenge Brad faces and reminds him why she loves him. It’s all very cute but in typical Ferrell fashion it has that ironic wit that ensures the viewers keep on track with the lighthearted approach to disjointed families Sean Anders appears to be shooting for.
When Dusty (Wahlberg) arrives Brad is in for a whole ‘nother ball game as the stakes are raised. The classic rivalry flick unravels laugh after laugh and in a refreshing twist the trailer actually refrains from revealing all the best material. Most but not all.
The supporting cast does a great job maintaining the humour throughout, including the children and unwanted house guest, Griff. Naturally, the plot is predictable but the uplifting ending complemented by comic closure rounds out the experience nicely.
Daddy’s Home won’t make my film of the year but to fans of Ferrell and The Other Guys I highly recommend it. Definitely Worth my Time and the occasion played massively into my final judgement as the atmosphere was spot on but catch it in the opening week on Boxing Day and I’m sure the laughs will still be rolling.