Come to Daddy (CIFF 2019)

While it’s true that you should go into every movie as blind as possible—yes, I would argue you shouldn’t even read reviews, completely defeating the purpose of my writing—this sentiment is especially true for a movie like Come to Daddy, which is reliant on abrupt changes in plot and tone in order to be effective. Even watching a trailer might ruin some of the fun, as trailers are wont to do. So, if you have any inkling to watch Come to Daddy, you should take this as advice to just go do it. I won’t spoil any of the fun here, but it’ll also probably be a bland read.

The setup for the film sees Norval (Elijah Wood) get a letter in the mail to visit his father, who left him and his mother when he was five years old and hasn’t been seen since. His father’s a recluse, living in a house far outside of town, in the woods and by a beach. It’s lovely, but one has to assume lonely. And that’s all you get from me. He’s going to visit his father, and the opening credits detail the journey. After that? You’re not getting any plot-related details from me.

So, then. What can I say about the movie? It’s unpredictable, sometimes confusing, and often surprising—maybe not in terms of plot, especially once you figure everything out, but in the moment-to-moment turns it takes. There’s dark comedy, there are some violent moments, and there are going to be a lot of people who will hate what it does. But there will be many who really enjoy it. This is the kind of movie that’s almost purpose-built to become a cult classic. It does what it aims to do well, and it doesn’t overstay its welcome. I liked it. Even if you might not, a repulsed viewer is better than a bored one. Go in blind. Come to Daddy might surprise you, for better or worse.

Conclusion: Come to Daddy is destined to be a cult classic.

Recommendation: Watch Come to Daddy. Go in blind.

  • 7/10
    Rating - 7/10

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