Monday, 4 January 2016

Daddy's Home Review

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg star in this comedy caper in which step-dad Brad (Ferrell) has been working hard on gaining the acceptance of his wife's children from a previous relationship.  All is going well for the family until ex-husband Dusty (Wahlberg) makes an appearance and is idolised by his children.  Soothingly spoken and manipulative, Dusty manages to woo his way into the household where he engages in a battle of wits as he attempts to win his family back.

The film has some funny moments throughout the film and is generally an enjoyable family movie however the premise is simple.  The step-dad wants acceptance of his step children which the biological father already has.  What you end up with is an hour and half of chest beating and childish attempts at the main characters becoming the alpha male with disastrous results mostly for Will Ferrell. 

Both Brad and Dusty are likable characters and there are some interesting side characters that are thrown into the mix.  For example Ferrell's boss Leo (Thomas Haden Church) who frequently recites old tales that have nothing to do with the plot and Griff (Hannibal Burress) a repairman who is invited to lodge in the house by Dusty.  These characters create some funny moments but are basically thrown in to the story for a few jokes but have no real need to be there. 

One character whom you would think would play a major role, is the wife Sarah (Linda Cardellini) who is basically portrayed as a trophy to these men.  Unrealistically she allows all of the madcap shenanigans to go on under her roof without a glimmer of control over either of the men she has been married to.  Her character does not come across as weak so sometimes its questionable as to why she doesn't put her foot down and bring an end to the madness.

Overall Daddy's Home is an enjoyable film with a bunch of moments that will have you giggling at the screen.  Its a silly feel good movie with an easy plot to follow and very few surprises.

Rating - 3/5

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Strange Orange Light in the UK Sky


Kirsty Hockley of St Neots in Cambridgeshire was cooking breakfast in her kitchen when she spotted a strange glowing UFO through her window at around 7am.  She quickly got her phone and began recording.  The witness doesn't believe that it was an aeroplane due to the way in which the craft disappeared.