I am going to start this review by saying this: I love this
movie. The credits hadn’t even been rolling for more than a second when I
decided it is in my top 10 films of all time.
Come to Daddy is a film about a 35-year-old DJ,
Norval (Elijah Wood), with a drinking problem who gets a letter from the father
who abandoned him when he was five years old. The letter states that the he
wants to see his estranged son, so the father-figure deprived Norval Greenwood
packs his bags immediately to set out to find his dad.
Come to Daddy features a range of whacky characters,
all unique in their own ways. It’s hard to really get into the characters
themselves without spoiling the film so instead, I’ll talk about the
performances. Elijah Wood is great for one, while he’s always dependable, and
his performance here is no exception, it’s nothing compared to Stephen McHattie
as Gordon. You’ve probably seen McHattie around, you recognise his face, he’s
the guy from this, he’s the guy from that. But in Come to Daddy, you
will definitely remember his name: Stephen McHattie. He is fantastic. His
character is a riot and he is perfect in the role. Michael Smiley’s Jethro is
another riot of a character, and again, is perfect. He is utterly hilarious, with
a hippie hair do and an excellent script to work from. Then there is Garfield
Wilson who plays the unusual sheriff Ronald Plum. Wilson only has a small role,
but it is quirky and very memorable. Madeleine Sami was also great as Gladys,
The film begins with some extremely memorable quotes that
are sure to make you laugh, and from there on in, it’s nonstop laugh or cringe-fest.
Cringe because of how gory and violent it can be. At least one cinemagoer
walked out once the violence began, it was that hectic. The amazing pace of the
film becomes frenetic as it switches between genres, comedy, horror, drama,
thriller, back to comedy again. It blends them all together without any issues
whatsoever. Screenwriter Toby Harvard has taken an idea from Ant Timpson and
perfected it on paper.
The shooting location was great too. It was shot on a beach
in Canada. But as open and as beautiful as the space was, it’s also remote,
isolated, and lonely. Cinematography by Daniel Katz and elements of the script
help reinforce this feeling.
Ant Timpson’s direction was also fantastic for his feature
film debut. He created a hilarious, gory, film that is completely original and
is the utmost fun to watch. It’s also super disturbed. Come to Daddy is
a balls-to-the-wall comedy thriller and I implore you to support it if you get
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