- Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie, Martin Donovan
- Toby Harvard
- Ant Timpson
- Running Time
- 93 minutes
- Release Date
- July 13th, 2019 (Fantasia)
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Elijah Wood has a bowl cut in this movie – you don’t even need to read this review now. You already have a damn good reason to see Come to Daddy.
Come to Daddy was one of the most buzzed about films at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival – the directorial debut of notable horror producer Ant Timpson (Deathgasm, Turbo Kid) is one of the most twisty and turny rides you’ll experience in a while, and is absolutely one to see blind.
Right off the bat, Comes to Daddy deserves huge props to how crazy its twists are (there are multiple!) What seems like a very ordinary drama about a father and son reuniting quickly becomes one of the goriest films seen in recent memory, with major reveals about the characters that had the sold-out hall at Fantasia audibly gasping and engaging with it. This is definitely a film best experienced in a theater – not only because of the insane audience reactions, but because you’ll want to see it as soon as possible so it doesn’t become spoiled. The acting here is also superb, but talking about who and why in particular requires more context of the film – just know that everyone here is spectacular.
The unfortunately shining flaw of Come to Daddy is that because of the 180 flips it does on it’s audience, it sometimes becomes too far-fetched and schlocky for it’s own good. The fact that more reveals lead the film to more and more shockingly violent moments, makes the core storyline and twist become pushed out of focus in favor of other reveals, which is somewhat disappointing.
Come to Daddy is a mystery film at it’s core, and it’s quite commendable in terms of how much intricacy was worked into it. See this in a packed crowd on opening weekend – you won’t regret it!
*still courtesy of Fantasia International Film Festival*