The 2015 movie, Daddy’s Home was not met with much fanfare, but seems to be doing well after having left the theatre. I had originally placed a call to Sky customer service to request that the movie be added to their rental lineup, and low and behold, not long after the fact, it appeared in the list. The movie stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. Ferrell is a well-established funny man. Wahlberg has taken on more serious roles and less comedy. What’s to be said of the pair together?
Everyone who watches a movie will of course have an opinion, and I am no exception. Personally, I did not find this to be Ferrell’s best work. Maybe the jokes just feel flat because the writing style was not what we typically see him paired with? Wahlberg, on the other hand, was extremely funny in this one, his acting style exactly what one would hope for when watching this type of movie. From the looks of things, one would think that he has been doing nothing but comedy for the past twenty plus years, rather than tackling action and drama films.
If you are a Sky customer and need to know how to access this film, contact Sky customer service. I realise that not everyone will know how to access the rental area. Note that there is a cost associated with renting movies that are not provided along with one of the standard movie bundles. Just a heads up that you may want to contact Sky before clicking to watch Daddy’s Home (the cost will be shown and you will need to click to confirm the purchase). If you need to decide whether it is worth paying for, watch a few of the trailers that are widely available online.
Daddy’s Home centers on a step-father (Ferrell) and the biological father (Wahlberg) of two children. Ferrell is the responsible, down to eat, parent of the year type. Wahlberg is the loose cannon, cool guy, dad that all kids want. When Wahlberg comes to visit the children, he becomes threatened by Ferrell’s super-dad skills. The battle that ensues between the two is quite epic, and of course at times is completely hilarious. The mother of the children, played by actress Linda Cardellini, plays a lesser role, but does support the two main characters exactly as was called for.
I did sent a message to Sky customer service to thank them for adding this movie to their rental lineup. Although this is not one of the movies that I will watch over and over again (as I am prone to do with the most beloved movies), it was certainly not a waste of my time. It was refreshing to see Wahlberg in a comedic role that he pulled off flawlessly. This movie may not have been a shining moment for Ferrell, but he remains a genius comedic actor and does not disappoint. Daddy’s Home may not be a five-star instant classic, but it does deliver some big laughs.