For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Horror-Comedy Films here’s a review of Come To Daddy (2019) by Aaron Neuwirth of the Code is Zeek.
Thanks again to Aaron Neuwirth of the Code is Zeek for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s genre has been chosen by Paul of the People’s Movies and we will be reviewing our favorite Loners in Film.
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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Paul!
Let’s see what Aaron thought of this movie:
The Setup: Elijah Wood is Norval Greenwood, a hipster man-child, who has arrived at a remote coastal cabin to see his estranged father (Stephen McHattie). Norval has not seen this man in 30 years, but quickly discovers it was for a good reason. The father is not only disapproving but a shady individual with demons that will manifest themselves in the most unlikely of ways.
Review: It’s always nice to be caught off guard by a movie. I am rarely taken aback by how good (or bad) films are, some having Come to Daddy swing in and be a wildly entertaining flick was certainly a sight to behold. Given his endless riches from The Lord of the Rings, if Elijah Wood wants to only star or produce random movies like this for the rest of his life, I’m all for it.
I don’t even want to delve too far into what the plot is. There are a lot of surprises featured in Come to Daddy, making it a fairly unpredictable film. Part of that is the point, and I imagine the shock value doesn’t make the rewatch value as high, but caught in the moment, the film knows how to push from being an awkward father-son story into a dark comedy working as a grimier version of something the Coens would cook up.
It should be clear that an escalation of tension is a big part of what makes this film work, but director Ant Timpson and writer Toby Harvard have a clear foot in the realm of macabre humor. As a result, so much of the violence is effectively undercut by the film’s tone and oddball sense of humor. Small character actor performances shine, and Wood manages to carry much of the movie based on his exaggerated expressions (even while sporting that terrible haircut).
I didn’t know what I was getting into with Come to Daddy but was happy to be surprised with something so violently looney, funny, and exciting.