“More Daddies, more problems.” ★★★★☆
If there was a film to see over the Christmas period with the family, then Daddy’s Home 2 is definitely the one. Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg reunite on the big screen for the sequel of the 2015 hit, but they’re not alone.
John Lithgow and Mel Gibson join the cast as the fathers of Ferrell’s and Wahlberg’s characters. With completely opposite personalities and relationships with their sons, it makes for an extremely enjoyable watch. Gibson plays the manly, tough guy father figure, whilst Lithgow brings the much softer side of fatherhood to the forefront.
Comedy is provided throughout the film giving the audience plenty of laugh out loud moments due to some crude nature and disastrous stunts. Throughout this however there are some deeper messages to do with families around Christmas time.
The children complain about having to keep going travelling between families which brings round the plot of the film about having a ‘together Christmas’. With a distinctly large character count, the film manages to give each character a role that fits perfectly with their character development and story.
A surprising addition to this family film is visual representation of a controversial topic in America, gun control, or lack of it. There is arguing between family members about whether to allow the young girl a chance to go on a shooting range, obvious answer is surely not right?!
During the scene, she goes to shoot a turkey but is then charged at, resulting in her falling back, pulling the trigger and accidentally shooting a character. This highlights the dangers of being able to access guns so easily and shows how simple it can be for an incident such as that one to occur.
Overall, Daddy’s Home 2 is a funny, enjoyable, Christmassy adventure which pays off with the number of tears shed because the laugh out loud nature, so if there were any film to be recommended, it’s this one.