This year hasn’t been good for the comedy movie genre. Will Ferrell in particular managed to star in one of the worst ‘comedy’ movies I’ve seen in a long time with ‘The House’ and even the anticipated sequel to one of the better comedies in recent years, Bad Moms, turned out to be a complete dud. So when a similar, Christmas themed sequel to what was essentially one of the more average movies in recent years came along, my hopes weren’t exactly high. The original Daddys Home coasted along on the likeable pairing of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg but did feature a handful of funny elements, obviously enough to greenlight a sequel.
As mentioned previously, Daddys Home 2 is set at Christmas time. Brad and Dusty (Ferrell and Wahlberg) have worked out their differences from the first movie and are getting along just fine as ‘co-dads’ to the kids. When their own dads (Mel Gibson and John Lithgow) pay a visit, they decide to have a ‘together’ family Christmas, and Kurt (Gibson) even manages to book a luxury cabin in the snow for them to enjoy it all in. It’s a bit of a whirlwind setup, but for a while it all works surprisingly well. I found myself really laughing at some scenes, it was like watching a classic Christmas family disaster along the lines of National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.
But sadly, the momentum soon drops. Scene after scene fails to hit home, and some scenes even leave you wondering what the hell they were thinking by including them in the movie in the first place. Mel Gibsons character becomes increasingly annoying and it’s all just a bit of a shame really. Things manage to get back on track towards the end of the movie but it’s disappointing that it doesn’t retain the high level of laughs and entertainment that kicked off the first third or so.