Saturday, July 2, 2016

Daddy's Home 2015 7 out of 10

Daddy's Home 2015  7 out of 10

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg reunite on screen in Daddy's Home.  The duo had great chemistry in the buddy cop picture The Other Guys back in 2010 so it was a no brainer to reunite the two actors..  This time around  Will Ferrell plays Brad a stepfather that is trying to earn his stepkids love and respect.  He has worked hard to earn that respect when all of a sudden Mark Wahlberg (the dad that bailed on them) shows up again.  He is the opposite of Will's doughy Ned Flanders type of dad.  Mark's character is a motor cycle riding badass with a mysterious past.  His return sets up a battle for the kids affection which is where the comedy of the film comes from.   

I'm a huge Will Ferrell fan and feel that he can elevate even the dumbest SNL sketch.  Will Ferrell definitely had some great moments in the film as his character freaks out and tries to one up his rival.  One of his best moments may have been when he throws Christmas for the kids in the middle of the year.  This was a good film--but like many modern comedies it wasn't particularly memorable.   It had  funny moments and a decent story---but the best scenes were  of course in the trailer.  I just left the film feeling that the battle between the two rivals should have been bigger and better.  Their battle was subtle at best --when the trailer promotes it as being more epic.  I would probably have given it a 6 out of 10---if not for the Will Ferrell factor which elevates it to a 7 out of 10.

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