Will Ferrell, are you okay? Are you feeling well? If there's anything I can do for you, make sure to let me know. You've been making some really questionable career choices lately, especially this year. Get Hard is one of the worst movies of the year and now.... now you're in this. You have Zealander 2 coming up and I'm really hoping that film delivers. I really, really want that film to be better than your last couple of movies. Ben Stiller, please guide Will Ferrell away from the path he seems to be going down. It's not too late to stop. You might've just hit a bump in the road. You're not lost yet.
Daddy's Home follows the story of Brad (Will Ferrell), a man who so desperately wants to be a father. One day, Brad meets the love of his life, Sara (Linda Cardellini), who just so happens to be a mother of two. Now that Brad and Sara are married, Brad becomes their stepfather, and things couldn't be going worse. Or so he thought. Soon, their biological father, Dusty (Mark Wahlberg), comes to town, and he's everything they wanted out of a father and more. The relationship Brad was trying to create is lost, and he's not happy about this. So, they have what is essentially a dad-off, trying to compete to become the favourite dad. With a premise as wacky as this and a cast as talented as they are, this film shouldn't have been as bad as it was.
Daddy's Home clocks in at 96 minutes, and yet it wasn't until around the 80 minute mark where I chuckled for the first time. It wasn't a big chuckle, but it was certainly a chuckle. Despite knowing I chuckled, the joke wasn't memorable. I still can't remember what it was I chuckled at, but I do remember that I chuckled. Over the next 16 minutes, and this includes credits, I chuckled twice. So, all up, Daddy's Home made me chuckle three times. That, as you can probably guess, is not good. It's not good at all.
It's a film that tries to give messages about family, but it's never really sure what these messages are. Some scenes are trying to teach kids an important life lesson, yet the next scene completely contradicts this message and says it's okay to bully. It's an uneven and unfunny movie that tries to be so many different things at once, but isn't even capable of creating a plot that works. The dad vs. step dad premise that we saw in the trailer doesn't even really start until the third act. Up until that point, the film is just the two leads bantering back and forth and it's far from entertaining.
Back in 2010, Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg proved to audiences around the world that they have great comedic chemistry with their surprise hit, The Other Guys. It was a hysterical movie that's made me come back and rewatch it, something I don't do all that often with comedies. Daddy's Home reunites the pair and while they're just as full of energy as they were back then, they're really slacking in the comedy department. Seeing these two poke fun at each other was so much fun during The Other Guys, but with Daddy's Home it's just awkward and toned down, the jokes clearly aimed at adults, but then rewritten to appeal to kids. It just doesn't work.
To sum up, Daddy's Home is a film that really should've been funny, but so isn't. It's a boring and uneven movie that's never sure what its target audience is or what message they're trying to teach them. It's all over the place.