Norval (Elijah Wood) receives a strange and mysterious handwritten letter from his father. The reason why it’s odd is because Norval hadn’t heard from his father since he disappeared 30 years ago when Norval was just five years old. Norval accepts the invitation and travels a long way to meet his father at his home. Will Norval be able to reconnect with this father and learn the truth about his disappearance? Will Norval find out why his very own father wants to see him so urgently?
With a plot like the above, some may suspect this film to be a drama film. In fact, to my surprise, this film is anything but a drama. Come To Daddy serves as a Black Comedy with Horror and Thriller aspects throughout the film. The film has a fun introduction and setup as we get to know more information about Norval’s odd situation and question the relationship with his father. It’s also interesting to see a film generally be so mysterious with its characters. While watching, I honestly questioned the truth about both Norval and his father.
Come To Daddy as a plot takes several twists and turns. Some of these elements are predictable and other elements not so much. The 1st two acts of the film are by far the most enjoyable aspects of the film. Sadly the films third act is slow, flat and sadly becomes uninteresting. The actual movie before the third act, I found to be quirky and entertaining particular with the movie’s plot consistently bringing surprises and dark humour.
As a film, please also note. The film consists a high use of foul language which felt unnecessary. Come To Daddy also brings a high level of violence and nudity to the screen. Given both the level of gore, nudity and foul language, I’m surprised to see this film didn’t receive an R18+ certification within Australia. The movie audio track and the music score was a blast particular during the films opening credits, but the audio is also used during tense moments which put my REL subwoofer to good use. The audio was a delight and managed to bring out some good tension during critical scenes. Performance like the film itself are also quirky and well-acted.
Overall, Come to Daddy is generally a good time but it’s biggest let down was the final act which changed the entire film dramatically for me. In regards to the plot, it’s quirky, random and loaded with many surprises along the way. Movie lovers, please be mindful as the film contains a high level of violence and foul language which left me surprised that the film didn’t receive an R18+ certification within Australia.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden