Come To Daddy

       review by Bobby Blakey

Elijah Wood is one of those rare actors that transitioned from child actor to a successful adult career. Throughout his time on the big screen he has tackled numerous roles across genres with some of them being pretty out there. His latest, Come To Daddy co-stars Stephen McHattie, Martin Donovan, Michael Smiley, Madeleine Sami and Simon Chin, but does it bring the craziness it promises from the trailer or will it not be a reunion worth having?     

 

Come To Daddy follows Norval Greenwood, a privileged man-child, arrives at the beautiful and remote coastal cabin of his estranged father, who he hasn't seen in 30 years. He quickly discovers that not only is Dad a disapproving jerk, but he also has a shady past that is rushing to catch up with him. Now, hundreds of miles from his cushy comfort zone, Norval must battle with demons both real and perceived in order to reconnect with a father he barely knows.

 

I knew very little about this film going in and I am so glad. This is a strange little film that quickly goes insanely off the rails in the best way possible. What starts out as a simple reuniting of a father and son quickly turns into a blood soaked chaotic run for survival. The beginning was all over the place and had me kind of lost to why characters were acting the way they were and it made little to no sense, but quickly comes together and works to perfection. With one moment of violence everything changes and begins to reveal the truth and twists and turns taking it in a whole new direction.

 

Wood is great here diving all in to not only bring the awkward innocence to the role, but also all in when things are amped up to an insane level at times. There are some dark funny moments mixed in with the violence and it just works. I was surprised at how much dark bloody fun this movie was and the direction it took. I expected more of a horror film I guess, but it was something completely different that I really dug.

 

Jump into this insane family reunion with Come To Daddy available now on Blu-ray and DVD from Lionsgate.

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