The War With Grandpa (2020)

“I think your grandpa may be a ninja.” – Billy

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Oct 2020)

Brief Synopsis – After his grandfather moves into their house, specifically into his bedroom, a 12 year old boy declares war on him in order to get his room back.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident recently and the cast immediately drew me in.

They are able to make this weird kind of premise pretty fun to watch even if things are a bit uneven.

There are some very funny moments here and there are also some really silly ones.

The film has an amazing cast that includes Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Oakes Fegley, Cheech Marin, Jane Seymour and Christopher Walken.

De Niro is once again able to take on the transition to playing a senior citizen instead of the tough guy role.

Unfortunately tho, his comic timing is a bit off.

Walken, on the other hand is great in his role here and steals every scene that he is in, especially the dodge-ball match.

Even though this film has a great cast that is quite talented, the chemistry between them is a bit lacking which hurts things a bit too much.

As would be expected from a film like this, the story is quite predictable and that is problematic because one is expecting something more than we get.

Bottom Line – Fun film that has some great moments, but overall misses the mark. Superb cast helps make this more enjoyable to watch.  DeNiro is able to once again take on the senior citizen role, but his comic timing is once again a bit off.  Walken steals every scene that he is in because he is able to make his character really funny in everything that does, especially during the dodge-ball scene. Despite a great cast, they lack some real chemistry that would make this even better to watch things unfold. The story is a bit too predictable for its own good and that is expected in this kind of film.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The movie had several failed release dates including April 21, 2017, October 20, 2017 and February 23, 2018. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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