Daddy’s Home 2 review by Bobby Blakey
When Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg teamed up for 2015s Daddy’s Home it was met with mixed results from critics, but clearly raked it in enough at the box office to spawn a sequel. This time they not only brought back the original cast, but also John Lithgow and Mel Gibson to add a new level of madness to the mix. Could this latest entry bring more of the funny or will it fail to offer up the fun of the holidays?
Daddy’s Home 2 follows father and stepfather, Dusty and Brad have joined forces to provide their kids with the perfect Christmas. Their newfound partnership is put to the test when Dusty’s old-school, macho Dad and Brad’s ultra-affectionate and emotional Dad arrive just in time to throw the holiday into complete chaos. I thought the first film was pretty funny but never really felt it needed a sequel, but with the ending I figured it was going to happen. When I saw the addition of Gibson and Lithgow I was all in to give this next unneeded sequel a chance and had a lot of fun with it. Sure it is ridiculously silly, but I didn’t expect anything less going in.
Ferrell and Wahlberg continue to have great chemistry, but their act here is kind of played out to some extent. What makes this film step things up were the latest additions. Lithgow brings a silly sensitive side that is so hilarious and frustrating that you can’t help but smile when he is on screen. Gibson brings his usual swagger to the part and was the perfect choice to play Wahlberg’s dad. With these two guys bringing new life it helped to make the rest of the cast elevated the fun as well. I admit that the bumbling Ferrell persona is starting to wear thin at his age, but it still makes me laugh. There are all the silly gags you expect here times ten that offer up plenty of laughs, but if you aren’t entertained by these kinds of physical gags then it will not work for you.
I actually enjoyed this one more than the first film, but unless you are a fan of any of the cast involved it will likely miss the mark for you. If anything I would love to see a follow up feature that leaves everyone else out and team up Gibson and Lithgow for their own adventure, but only time will tell if that is in the works.
In addition to the film this release includes deleted and extended scenes, bloopers and numerous featurettes that take you behind the many laughs bringing this film to the big screen. Grab your dad and head to get a copy of Daddy’s Home 2 when it hits Digital on February 6th and then on 4K Ultra, Blu-ray and DVD on February 20th from Paramount Home Entertainment.