Daddy’s Home 2

Just two years after the average Daddy’s Home released, this Christmas we have its sequel hitting the theatres. Is it really worth watching? Let’s find out.

Daddy’s Home starred Will Farrell who played Brad, and Mark Wahlberg who played Dusty, both of whom reprised their roles in Daddy’s Home the sequel. Daddy’s Home 2 introduces two grand ‘daddies’ to spice things up. Enter Mel Gibson and John Lithgow, visiting the newly-blended families for Christmas.

While the first film gave more focus on the duo of Brad & Dusty, This time the other characters too get equal importance and screen presence. Watching the first film can help you familiarise with the characters and few story references in this sequel. Surprisingly, John Cena gets more than a special appearance this time. 

The first film used up all the gags out of the premise of Brad and Dusty’s rivalry over the care of their step and biological children, respectively, and there nothing new to tell in the sequel. We find many familiar scenes like Brad almost dying because of electric shock, from the first movie. Nevertheless, there are enough jokes to crack you up.

The duration of this movie is around 93 minutes, but feels much longer. Few of the scenes were unnecessarily stretched out, Especially, the scene before the ending which was too  childish.

Overall, Daddy’s Home 2 is a stupid and forgettable comedy. It is worse than the first film, but can be seen as a family entertainer. So if you’ve got nothing better to do this Christmas, you could give it a watch.

Rating: 💋💋

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Genre: Comedy, Drama

Directed by: Sean Anders

Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, John Cena, John Lithgow, Mel Gibson

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Transformers: The Last Knight

Director Michael Bay is back with a long and incomprehensible 5th installment of the Transformers series in the form of Transformers: The Last Knight. This time the story is about Autobots and humans trying to stop a sorceress named Quintessa, who wants to restore Cybertron by destroying planet Earth.

The story starts some 1600 years back in history where the Transformers help King Arthur and his army to restore order on earth. Coming back to the present, Optimus Prime is captured and hypnotized by Quintessa to retrieve the ‘Staff’, a powerful weapon, from Earth. Cade Yaeger (Mark Wahlberg) is helping the Transformers in need in his huge junkyard. One day a dying transformer gives him a talisman which is supposed to help him stop the Decepticons from destroying Earth. Vivian Wembley(Laura Haddock) who is a history professor at Oxford, is the last descendant of King Arthur and is the only person who can activate the ‘Staff’. 

Phew! That’s a lot to process!

A lot of time is wasted on unnecessary things in the first half of the film. It won’t be wrong to say that the actual story picks up in the second half only. Also at many places, the comic dialogues do not really make you laugh. 

Many things are happening at the same time and sometimes it gets difficult to understand what’s really going on. Many new characters are added to the story with nothing much to contribute.

Sir Anthony Hopkins is also part of the film but is never used to his full potential. This film gives you the big explosive action sequences but lacks the fast pace edge of the seat thrill. Though, the fight sequence at the end looks epic with some great visual effects. 

Overall, Transformers: The Last Knight is only for the die-hard fans of the series and for those who like VFX-heavy action.

Rating: 💋💋

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Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

Directed by: Michael Bay

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Laura Haddock, Isabela Moner, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Peter Cullen, Gemma Chan