Sometimes you have to go into a film blind. Like this one, for example. I saw one trailer and noticed Elijah Wood was starring. That was enough to convince me to check this one out. Why was this just enough? Well, Elijah Wood has had an interesting career post-Lord of the Rings. Instead of pursuing more high profile work, he has opted to star in small, indie horror films. While this may seem like a strange career move to the average filmgoer, it has been a great one for a horror fan like me. See, Wood has done this without hamming it up and having a genuine passion for the genre. So, I was interested in his latest, Come to Daddy. And, boy, what a strange, yet still oddly enticing ride this was.
This is a film which heavily explores the theme of the son suffering the sins of the father. And by heavily, I mean heavily. It’s pretty apparent with the plot alone, but there’s also the quotes at the beginning which hammer it more home. And, to the film’s credit, it commits to this theme until the very end. The only two things which held it back for me was the constant changing tone and the ending. Now, I understand this was the intent since this is a black comedy/horror film. But, the tones didn’t always work for me. One minute, I would be completely glued to the screen in anticipation of what was happening. The next minute I was checking the runtime. As for the ending, the main reason it doesn’t sit well with me is because there are things mentioned earlier in the film which are just dropped by the time the credits roll. What does anchor this film, though, is Elijah Woods performance. As I first mentioned, he doesn’t ham it up and is consistently fun to watch.
For the most part, this was an okay film for me. The changes in tone and the ending didn’t completely work, both leaving a little bit of a sour taste in my mouth. But, at the same time, it’s always good to see Wood in a horror film. So, if you’re stuck inside on a rainy or snowy day, check this one out. There’s still some fun to be had here.