Writer: Sean Anders, John Morris (Screenplay) Brian Burns (Characters)
Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, John Lithgow, Linda Cardellini, Alessandra Ambrosio
Plot: Having finally gotten used to each other’s existence, Brad and Dusty must now deal with their intrusive fathers during the holidays.
Tagline – They thought they had Christmas all wrapped up.
Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Almost Great Comedy
Story: Daddy’s Home Two starts when Brad (Ferrell) and Dusty (Wahlberg) have put aside their differences with the two-family dynamic down, until Christmas when one of the daughters reveals she doesn’t like two separate Christmas.
Brad and Dusty decide to have a co-Christmas which involves both their dads coming, astronaut Kurt (Gibson) Dusty’s father and Don (Lithgow) Brad’s father. The two get put to the test their friendship when Kurt starts pushing them over the Christmas, can the ever-growing family make it through?
Thoughts on Daddy’s Home Two
Characters – Brad is the step-dad that is a calmer more conventional father that gets involved with trying to solve the problems by talking, he has a closer relationship to his father than Dusty. Dusty is the father of the kids that has reluctantly become closer with Brad, when his father invite himself to Christmas, he must learn to learn about his past where he didn’t believe he was raised the same as Brad, which shows us just how he became the way he is. Kurt is Dusty’s father a former astronaut he believes his son should be a true man which shows his old school style of parenting. Don is Brad’s father, he is over affectionate towards and is keeping a secret from his son. We do meet the wives who do have a small side story along with the kids who have their own arc too.
Performances – Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are both good together, they have great chemistry, they bring the characters back for more of their style which does work well. Mel Gibson plays a character that makes us believe he might be like this in real-life, playing into jokes around him. John Lithgow brings is always pleasant style of comedy, he does have a serious side to his character and shows that he can always balance the comedy and drama perfectly. The supporting cast are also good getting their moments to shine when needed.
Story – The story continues to explore the step parent relationship between Brad and Dusty, it shows how they have put their difference aside to and now they must work together to solve a bigger problem the kids are facing, bring in their parents which only adds to the humour in the story. we get adults dealing with their problems caused by their parents and not wanting to repeat them on their own. While we do get some silly humour that can miss the heart of the story is still stronger than you think it would be. I will say the story does seem to forget that it is dealing with the kids issue to focus on trying to stir up the problems the guys are facing and least we forget how the women are just pushed to a side story that barely get mentioned here. Overall when talking about the story we are trying to show the real effects of step-parents can have on the kids and how adults would need to work together to solve them.
Comedy – The comedy has come to be looked at two ways, we have some good moments that poke fun at Gibson’s reputation, while we also have the moments that just don’t click at times.
Settings – The film is set in the holiday home the family must put away their difference for the good of the kids.
Final Thoughts – This is a better sequel than it should have been, it does have good laughs a heartfelt attempt to show us the new way of step parenting through Christmas.
Overall: Fun comedy better than it should be.