Matthew Schmitz’s review published on Letterboxd:
aka - The Deer Hunter 2: We Paint Houses Now.
Not the worst thing, by a mile, I've watched out of devotion to Christopher Walken.
I don't know if there has ever been a kids movie with such an odd cast of Hollywood old-timers.
Jane Seymour is still as lovely as the day she appeared in "Live and Let Die."
This movie is all over the place in plot/tone/editing, but I suppose for a kid none of it matters. The insanity of the "war is hell" monologue the kid shares with his Grandpa while sitting on the fire place is totally nuts.
Due to being a big Walken fan this film has been on my radar for a long time. It took a while to get out of production hell. I think I'd have preferred the original concept which involved Walken and De Niro each being the grandfather of the same family and fighting for the kids love. I assume this was scrapped due to the similarities to "Daddy's Home 2."
I was about to post this review, but then clicked on the director. He directed "Max Keeble’s Big Move" which now makes a lot of sense.