Daddy’s Home 2 (Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray)

February 23, 2018 6 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

Having read a few online reviews of this film, I too have to ask myself how some of these movies get made. The original was a surprise hit a few years ago so, in true Hollywood fashion, if something turns a profit (no matter how small), they make another. And in the Scream-esque world of movie-making, the sequel has to be bigger, badder and more of, well, everything. I’d commented on the original pairing of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg which, I’m sure, was part of the idea of casting for the first film. This wasn’t their first film together, that was The Other Guys – a film I’ve long since forgotten and need to watch again. That said, we have a more robust cast this time – along the same lines as A Bad Moms Christmas.

We once again meet Brad (Will Ferrell) and Dusty (Mark Wahlberg), both who have managed to overcome their differences and are now successfully “co-parents” (Dads if you will). We know this since it’s assumed that you saw the first film. If not, look at the movie poster and then read the first sentence of this paragraph. You’re welcome. However, in this installment we meet their respective fathers. Brad’s is Don (John Lithgow), a perpetually upbeat man but is also hiding something. Dusty’s dad, Kurt (Mel Gibson) plays a more polarized version of the actor himself – a womanizing machismo who lives to critique and criticize his fellow man (or woman, as the case may be). The gang travel to a mountain cabin to celebrate the holidays only to have anything and everything go wrong when, of course, it’s not supposed to!

Like so many sequels that shouldn’t have been made, Daddy’s Home 2 is just a misfire from beginning to end. Yes, there are some funny moments in there (Will Ferrell gets most of the credit, naturally), but seeing Mel Gibson on screen and the character he plays is a bit too much of life imitating art. I won’t go into his personal troubles in the past (and they are in the past), but it adds a creepy factor to a film that’s supposed to be family-oriented. Every cliche is exposed here, the cast is bigger, the stunts and shenanigans are so unbelievably unrealistic it’s (un)laughable and so forth. It’s safe to say that you can skip this one, I rather wished I had.

Video: How’s it look?

Putting aside what’s going on screen, it is nice to see a movie in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio. And the HEVC 4K transfer does look the part, though I’ve seen other Ultra HD offerings that look better. And, let’s face it, Mel Gibson and John Lithgow aren’t getting any younger. Gibson’s forehead wrinkles take front and center as does his mane of now greying hair. That aside, there are some colorful moments in the film (it is a holiday movie, after all) and the 4K image does look the part with vibrant hues, razor sharp detail and the like.

Audio: How’s it sound?

This isn’t the first comedy I’ve watched with a Dolby Atmos soundtrack, but the two just don’t seem to go hand in hand. I realize that doesn’t make sense, but then again neither did me watching this film. There isn’t a lot of demand for atmospheric sound here, though there are some instances in which the surrounds made me take notice. Vocals are pure, Gibson’s deep voice tends to resonate, but by and large this is as “comedic” as they come – audio wise.

Supplements: What are the extras?

  • Making a Sequel – Your standard EPK offering with comments from the director, sound bites from the cast and crew and so forth.
  • Look Who’s Back – An introduction to the main characters and their new additions this time around.
  • Co-Dads: Will & Mark – I think this one is pretty self-explanatory.
  • The New Dads in Town: Mel & John – Again, the title says it all. These guys have less hair and more grey respectively, though.
  • Captain Sully – I won’t ruin the surprise cameo here, but it’s one of the few shining spots in the movie.
  • Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes
    • Cabela’s
    • El Padre Stink Eye
    • Kurt’s Firewood
    • Really Brad Advice
    • The Wise Man
    • Yammering Don
  • Gag Reel

The Bottom Line

I’d like to be a studio executive for a time. I’d like to see what movies I could get green lit even though there’s no point for them to be made. But that won’t happen and while not totally a waste of time, this is one I’d advise you rent – and only if you’ve had too much to drink. While the technical merits are great, it’s what’s going on screen that’s the issue.

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