MOVIE REVIEW: No humour in Blood Father
MEL Gibson movie lovers, prepare to be disappointed.
If you, like me, remember Mel from his classics Lethal Weapon, Mad Max and other movies in the '70s, '80s and '90s, then you are probably not going to love his latest offering.
Not that Blood Father is a terrible movie.
It is a good action movie full of bad guys, shootings and the odd car chase.
It's just that, well, it lacks any of the wry humour we grew to love about the Mad Mel movies of old.
And it is also predictable. There are few surprises in the stereotypical script we've seen various versions of where daddy goes psycho to protect his kid.
In this film, Gibson plays Link: a down-and-out ex-con living in a camper trailer and making money by doing tattoos.
Along comes his missing, 17-year old daughter Lydia, who is hiding from a bunch of really mean Mexican drug lords.
And it's up to daddy to come to the rescue.
I know this is going to sound weird, but there was another aspect that ruined my possible enjoyment of the story.
That was Gibson's glossy, Hollywood white teeth despite his character essentially being a long-time smoker and drinker.
I couldn't miss his white fangs in his otherwise down-and-out appearance.
Maybe I simply expected too much in my eagerness to see Gibson on the big screen again.
I so hoped he had got beyond his own bad boy reputation and found the mojo he once had that made movies brilliant.
I'm not going to give up on him, though.
Blood Father may just be his introduction into a well-deserved comeback.
Stars: Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty
Director: Jean-Francois Richet
Rating: MA 15+
Verdict: 3/5 stars