'Come to Daddy' [Blu-ray + Digital]
(Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie, Martin Donovan, Michael Smiley, Madeleine Sami, Simon Chin, et al / Blu-ray + Digital / R / 2020 / Lionsgate Films)
Overview: Norval Greenwood (Elijah Wood), a privileged man-child, arrives at the beautiful and remote coastal cabin of his estranged father, who he hasn't seen in 30 years.
He quickly discovers that not only is Dad a disapproving jerk, but he also has a shady past that is rushing to catch up with him.
Now, hundreds of miles from his cushy comfort zone, Norval must battle with demons both real and perceived in order to reconnect with a father he barely knows.
Blu-ray Verdict: In all truth, 'Come to Daddy' actually turned out to be so much different from what I imagined - and so major props for that!
Indeed, this is one of those movies that rejects genre classification, for Ant Timpson and Toby Harvard have compiled a variety of elements, emotions and oddities and have done it organically, no less.
Furthermore, Elijah Wood and Stephen McHattie top off this eccentric cocktail with sparkling performances each.
A man in his mid-thirties, an urbanite named Norval (Elijah Wood), receives a letter of invitation from his father whom he hasn't seen in 30 years and so he journeys to his father's remote cabin by the sea.
I had actually seen the trailer before, even read an article or two, but little did I know what to truly expect! The story twists and turns multiple times (from which there are two major turns, so keep yourselves fully aware, me luvvies!), whilst also keeping a coherent and all-weaved-through, emotionally grounded consistency.
My only complaint is the underwhelming revelation of the fact that Stephen McHattie is not there for the long run. I like the guy a lot, but naturally, it didn't take away anything from the overall viewing experience of 'Come to Daddy.'
Engaging and entertaining throughout it also features some rather amusing characters, witty dialogue, pitch-black humor, pumped-up and gnarly action, all with a certain, and for the most part stable moral core.
First half an hour is the son meeting the father, which plays like a Tarantino movie, just throw in the kind of suspense and creepiness only the horror genre can provide!
Next up is a man in a storm of confusion, demons and machinations and in the end we count the fates and enjoy the action! As for the audio visual aesthetically pleasing qualities, well, 'Come to Daddy' is shot and edited together tastefully with the technical side holding up to the rest of the lush bouts of visual storytelling, trust me!
Keeping in my mind that this is Ant Timpson's directional debut, I'm excited to see what else is to come. More than a solid start means we get a top-tier, highly creative, excellently performed indie flick here in the shape of 'Come to Daddy,' that neatly provides a dark comedy with the undertones of several other genres perfectly blended. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
Starring Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie, Martin Donovan, Michael Smiley, Madeleine Sami, and Simon Chin, the thrilling father-son horror comedy 'Come to Daddy' will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.
Official 'Come to Daddy' Movie Trailer