Come to Daddy

Come to Daddy ★★★½

What begins as a strange, bizarre & slow-burning story about a man's unresolved daddy issues quickly devolves into a violent, blood-soaked massacre pierced with pitch-black comedy of menace in this latest Kiwi delight starring Elijah Wood. Deftly juggling horror with hilarity, Come to Daddy is a crazy ride that's as wayward & witty as it is wild & wicked.

Directed by Ant Timpson, there is an aura of mystery & foreboding felt from the very scene the two estranged characters reunite and the plot advances itself through the first act by deriving conflict from the friction & distance between them. Things take a tragic turn in the middle but another unexpected detour soon follows and further ups the violence without losing its funny bone.

The script packs a simple, linear narrative with enough quirks & thrills to elevate it a notch above the norm. The first half is slow paced but everything comes alive in the next half, ultimately concluding on a brutal, insane & roisterous note. Elijah Wood is brilliant and his weird haircut adds its own flavours to his act while the rest play their respective roles responsibly, never overdoing any of it.

Overall, Come to Daddy is thrilling, unpredictable & full of laughter, and is amongst the most enjoyable films of the year so far. Totally aware of its strengths & limitations, it works within the confines to make the most of its premise and delivers some genuine laughs along the way. Fun & lighthearted even when things turn dark & dreadful, Ant Timpson's debut feature is one quirky indie you do not want to miss.

Full review at High on Films.

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