A group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they've left the battlefield.
Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one suspect: John Kramer, the man known as Jigsaw, who has been dead for ten years.
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A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers' identities.
Imprisoned, the almighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.
When the network of satellites designed to control the global climate starts to attack Earth, it's a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide Geostorm wipes out everything and everyone.
There's a scene early in "Daddy's Home 2" where we watch a car fast-forward to a stop. There's no reason for the footage to be played at an accelerated speed.
The scene could serve as a metaphor for the entire movie.
There is a great deal to like about "Daddy's Home 2": Some truly bend-over laughing comedy, a look at legitimate family dynamics, and some heart-warming (and heart-breaking) moments of relationships being formed, damaged, and mended. But all of it happens too quickly.
From the movie's beginning, the frantic pace serves most of the comedy well; but in the film's most important scenes, when both the characters and the audience need a moment to consider what they/we are involved in...ZZZIIIPPPP, the pace just keeps on racing.
"Daddy's Home 2" is a good movie; a solid kick-off to the holiday season. I want to like it more, but I can't find my way to rate it higher than a 6 on a scale of 10. It could have been better, but the manic pace doesn't reward the impressive acting.
Especially good is Linda Cardellini as Sara, the wife/ex-wife of the two main protagonists. She keeps the borderline silliness grounded and provides a necessary character for the audience to identify with; she projects the perfect sense of exasperation, bemusement and affection for the two dolts she loves.
Especially unpleasant is Mel Gibson as Kurt Mayron, father of Mark Wahlberg's Dusty. He is so singularly boorish that even when the film tries to redeem him, his character is too far gone to like.
There are a couple of scenes that may suggest "Daddy's Home 2" is inappropriate for preteens. One, involving the two daughters getting drunk, is mercifully brief but just too wrong for my comfort. The other, involving younger daughter Megan (played by Scarlett Estevez) learning to hunt, is simultaneously chilling and one of those "bend-over laughing" scenes I mentioned.
As it was finishing, I felt the movie tried too hard to give me a cheerful holiday ending. A bloated production number was unworthy of the goodwill the rest of the movie had earned, although the cast's rendition of "Do They Know It's Christmas" is, despite the horrors of auto-tune, a contrivance that works.
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