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Published March 25th 2020
Something is not quite right
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Elijah Wood is all grown up and starring as Norval Greenwood in Come to Daddy. Receiving an unexpected letter from his estranged father to come visit, Norval arrives at the beautiful and remote coastal cabin to reconnect with his father, after coming off alcohol-related struggles. Triggered by inappropriate comments, it doesn't take long before he realises there's something off about his father. They both soon work each other out and Norval realises his dad is not whom he expected at all, but a real jerk.

Hundreds of miles from his comfort zone, Norval will be tested in order to reconnect with a father (Stephen McHattie) he barely knows. From first time Director Ant Timpson, this 96 minute film is a tribute to gritty, character-based thrillers that were literate and laced with pitch-black humour. It'll draw you in and playfully keep switching gears on you and just when you think you have a handle on everything, it'll chicane again.

Off-centre, kind of dark, kind of weird, kind of funny is exactly what director Timpson is drawn to and this film projects all of that, and has been loosely based on his own experiences. Elijah Wood plays a slightly peculiar character with his monk cut, looking wide eyed and naive, yet a bit of a douche bag. He manages to skip between these two characteristics with ease, and made Norval feel realistic, but not someone whom you could pigeonhole either.

His look firmly establishes with the audience that he's a fish out of water in his father's domain. Wood is in every frame of the movie and as such the whole film hinges on his performance and he doesn't disappoint. From a dysfunctional family reunion to psychological mind games, possible supernatural overtones and darkly funny violence, this film will break through your expectations and have you unsure of where it is going. One part retro, one part J-Horror (Japanese Horror) misdirect, and finally, a full-throttle, get-in-your-face revenge thriller, it'll keep you on tenterhooks, wondering what's next. For viewing details, see below.


Given the indefinite closure of cinemas, this film will now be available on VOD from 1 April & on Google Play, iTunes, Fetch, Telstra & Umbrella Entertainment. Get it on Foxtel on Demand from 15 April and DVD & Blu-Ray from June 2020.

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When: Releases 2 April 2020
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