I didn’t really expect to enjoy 2015’s Daddy’s Home, but surprisingly didn’t hate it. It even made the cut for last year’s Christmas countdown. But I really only watched that movie to prepare myself for the sequel, the imaginatively named Daddy’s Home 2, which I knew would eventually find its way into an iteration of my annual advent calendar.
And so it did, for it is today’s movie of choice.
And if my expectations for the first movie were low, then they were completely rock bottom for this one. And in truth, it is not a great movie. But, quite possibly because I expected it to be so bad, I actually did find elements to enjoy.
I may even have enjoyed it slightly more than its predecessor, although that isn’t the highest of accolades really. But when you dispense with the idea that the plot is going to make even the tiniest bit of sense, then there are some funny moments.
Score for Christmasishness
It is a Christmas movie. The fact that it is a sequel to a non-Christmas movie is the only reason I’d even dare to call it Christmas(ish), but the entire plot centres around a dysfunctional family getting together for the holidays, and it’s hard to see how the movie would work if it wasn’t set at Christmas. So full marks on the Christmas score, though if I were judging on any other criteria I would be significantly less generous with my verdict.