The first trailer for Daddy's Home 2 has been released. The movie will once again reunite Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell after their appearance as warring parents in the first installment of Daddy's Home. Released in 2015, Daddy's Home saw Brad (Ferrell) assuming the role of step-dad to his new wife's kids. When their dad, Dusty (Wahlberg) arrived back in town, a petty war of one-upmanship entailed as they both vied to be the coolest dad and the object of the kids affections.
2 years after the original, Daddy's Home 2 is set for release this November. Once again the movie will be directed by Sean Anders, with a script from Anders and John Morris. Along with Wahlberg and Ferrell, Linda Cardellini also returns as Brad's wife, Sara, and John Cena is back as Roger, the father of Dusty's step-daughter. The cast also expands, bringing Mel Gibson and John Lithgow on board. You can check out the trailer, above.
This time around, Brad and Dusty must deal with their own warring fathers (played by Lithgow and Gibson, respectively), while Dusty also has to do battle with his step-daughter's intimidating father (Cena). With both fathers coming to visit for the holidays, many a tense situation will no doubt arise, and the consequences will be fun to watch. While the outcome of the movie is pretty much an easy guess, it's the ensuing hilarity from this cast that will make Daddy's Home 2 a worthy sequel.
The trailer shows apt casting for Gibson, cashing in on his heartthrob status that followed him throughout the eighties (and still does, to an extent). Meanwhile, Lithgow and Ferrell seem perfectly matched as father and son, and their airport greeting is uncomfortably funny. The relationship between Wahlberg and Ferrell's character's is changed from the original, but still seems equally as entertaining, and their shared despair over Dusty's father is bound to form the basis of many a joke in the film.
Despite mixed reviews, Daddy's Home fared well at the box office, grossing almost $249 million worldwide against a budget of $69 million. Fans of Ferrell certainly appreciate him in all his comedic glory, and Daddy's Home became his second biggest non-animated box office opening, behind Talladega Nights. Overall, it is Ferrell's highest grossing live-action movie of his career so far, surpassing Elf.
The comedy here might be pretty formulaic, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. To each their own, and there's something rather enjoyable about watching a movie that doesn't require too much brain power. Plus, the comedic timing between Ferrell and Wahlberg is great, the laughs are loud and plentiful, and Wahlberg actually does comedy exceptionally well. There's the potential for Daddy's Home 2 to fare just as well as its predecessor, if not better; Lithgow is renowned for his comedic work, and it's refreshing to see Gibson in something a bit silly and fun, too.
Source: Paramount Pictures
- Daddy's Home 2 (2017) release date: Nov 10, 2017