Daddy’s Home 2 Movie Review (2019)
There appears to be in some quarters a hope that sean anders daddy home 2 will be a rehabilitative landmark for mel Gibson as a likeable mainstream movie star after several years of acting in forgettable pics made strictly for genre audiences. The notion becomes inplausibel upon seeing his intensely unsympathetic performance here but that a secondary implausible upon seeing his intensely unsympathetic performance here but that a secondary concern we can come back to. More important is that however mediocre the first movie was this sequel not only makes it seem charming by comparison but gives viewers the dubious gift of a full on sappy christmas movie two weeks before thanksgiving. After the box office success of the first daddy home paramount may think the second outing has sufficient legs to reach the actual christmas season.
But in this case doubling down on dueling daddies yields less than half the pleaseure and daddy home 2 should be a charcoal in stocking bad memory by the time santa comes to town. Here the first pic heroes dusty mark wahlberg and brad will ferrell have made their peace about sharing custody of the two children dusty sired with his ex and brad current wife sara linda cardellini. But that equanimity is threatened when in addition to the expected arrival of brad hugs and kisses papa don john lithgow the family learns it is getting a surprise visit from dusty bad boy old man kurt gibson.
Even for moviegoers willing to set gibsons real world tantrums aside and judge what onscreen as some of us did with jodie foster commericial disaster the beaver kurt is a figure to turn ones stomach and would have been even before the last month trained a spotlight on the corrosiveness of this brand of macho arrogance. Forget the possessive leer gibson directs at women before he even gets a line to read look instead at the unsettlingly convincing sociopathic gaze he directs at the actors meant to he his family. Either gibson better actor than we thought or he has found a kindred spirit in this character. Whatever the case it takes something like a sadist to enjoy watching the way kurt proceeds to bully children and grown ups alike over the next hour and a half.
When the gang all gets home from the airport kurt looks around and decides nobody house is big enough to contain his ego. So he just as any of us would do pulls out his phone and rents a chalet hours away expecting that the eight other people involved will drop everything and transplant their holiday plans. And that exactly what they do. The script by anders and john morris relies heavily on slapstick with most of the gags coming at brad expense. Its odd for a movie that ostensibly makes male vulnerability its ultimate goal how much contempt it has for its most open and loving character. But ferrell is made to be a buffoon you say. But the comedian who starred in elf and talladega nights and ran with his belly out in old school is on vacation here turning in a performance as lazy as anders direction which lets us spot most jokes long before they are made.