While my interest for films generally centers around their plot, there are times when the movie could literally be about anything as long as a certain director or actor is tied to it somehow. One of the names on that short list is Elijah Wood. The latest one that features his work and that I couldn’t go without seeing is Ant Timpson’s Come to Daddy.
Norval (Wood) hasn’t seen his father since he was a small child and has come to reconnect with the old man after receiving a letter requesting him to do so. Things aren’t as they seem, however, and Norval is thrust into a situation that he knows nothing about.
Yeah, I know that plot rundown is a bit vague, but it’s better than IMDb’s even more concise version of “a man in his thirties travels to a remote cabin to reconnect with his estranged father.” There is a lot more to it, but at the same time, I pride myself on not spoiling anything for you guys, as I hope you go and enjoy the movies I write about on your own, whether I love them or not.
Come to Daddy is another film that I managed to keep somewhat of a mystery for myself before obtaining a copy. I knew that Elijah Wood was in it, of course, but other than that, I went in blind.
The work that Wood has done over the last decade has been nothing short of incredible. His foray into genre films with Open Windows, Grand Piano, Maniac, and even Cooties is some of my favorite and the fact that he has his very own genre-focused production company, SpectreVision, just shows that he loves what he is a part of as much as I love watching it all.
In addition to his, once again, impressive work here as protagonist Norval, we are treated to performances by some other talented individuals, as well.
Stephen McHattie (Pontypool, Watchmen), another favorite of mine, is introduced as Norval’s long-lost father. He is a grouchy, mean-spirited alcoholic and is easy to hate. McHattie plays this role wonderfully, just as he does with all of the characters he plays.
The rest of the cast are just as good with their respective parts, all playing characters which leave a mark no matter how much screen time they get. Ant Timpson and writer Toby Harvard do a tremendous job of creating memorable characters, each one more unique than the last.
Come to Daddy is Timpson’s directorial debut, but the man is no stranger to the horror genre by any stretch. He is credited as a producer on some great flicks including Turbo Kid, Deathgasm, and The Field Guide to Evil, as well as countless others.
He has created a film that is equal parts funny and suspenseful and that has more twists and turns than one could ever anticipate.
Come to Daddy at Home
Come to Daddy is available now on Blu-ray + Digital and DVD from Lionsgate.
The 95 minute film is presented in 1080p high definition with a 16×9 2.39:1 presentation. The home release features English 5.1 DTS-HD master audio and optional Spanish, English, and English SDH subtitles.
Unfortunately, this is another bare bones release with no supplemental content to speak of.
Come to Daddy may start off rather slowly, unfolding like a strangely comedic drama about a grown man becoming familiar with his father for the very first time in his life. It quickly becomes something so much more and doesn’t lose steam once it does.
It contains a dry sense of humor that will certainly provide you with a few chuckles and also a decent amount of bloodshed, which I know will please even more of you.
Come to Daddy is entertaining from start to finish and certainly deserves to be seen by many. Pick up a copy for yourself today, as I give this one 4 poo pens out of 5.