Stop the presses! I’ve got the hottest movie news of the week right here. Forget the latest on The Last Jedi, or rumours of what’s to happen in Infinity War or Justice League, this knocks all that into a cocked hat. Get this – wrestler John Cena is going to appear in Daddy’s Home 2! I’ll give you a moment to recover from that earthshaking news. Composed yourself? Put those knocked off socks back on? Had a soothing cup of camomile tea?
Fans of the original, currently sitting at a mighty 31% on the Tomatometer, will remember Cena’s cameo during the climax. But it appears that he’ll be upgrading to a full role in this most highly anticipated of sequels. He’ll join Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, continuing their roles as the feuding dad and stepdad from the original, this time combining their powers to give their kids the best Christmas ever.
But trouble is on the horizon in the form of their parents: played by John Lithgow and an apparently fully rehabilitated Mel Gibson, two aging troublemakers who no doubt cause family friendly (but hopefully not anti-semitic) chaos that threatens to screw up their festive plans. Cena’s role in this is as Wahlberg’s stepdaughter’s stepdad brings an intimidatingly beefy presence who probably says more with a flex than most actors could with a page of dialogue.
As a rule, I try not to prejudge films, but let’s face it, this is probably going to be absolutely terrible and yet still pull in profits that’d make King Midas blush. Despite general critical disdain, the original earned $240 million, making this sequel less a surprise and more an inevitability. I guess we’ll find out on November 10th, when Daddy’s Home 2 is released just in time to hoover up that sweet Christmas film dough.
Well, I won’t find out. Unless I have to review it. Oh god, please don’t make me review it!