Director: Florian Zeller
Writer/s: Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, and more.
Not only did “The Father” fly under my radar for Best Picture at the Oscars, but it flew under my radar as a film in general. I did not know much about the film going into my view, but the closer we get to the Oscars, the more I began to learn and take an interest. By the film’s end, boy did I have an interest.
“A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.”
This movie is listed as a drama, but do not be fooled. This movie is a damn horror flick. It rolls through from the perspective of an individual with dementia. In this case, Anthony Hopkins character, Anthony. The film presents a scene, then it begins to go bonkers and get strange. Then suddenly, a seamless yet confusing transition to a new scene with a different story is told. Yet as if that is not confusing and strange enough, sometimes the film will revisit old scenes that it already left, but it may have new characters or different orders of how an event transpired. “The Father” truly plays mind games with its viewers, and that may very well be the point. If the viewer is confused and not understanding why something is happening the way it is, imagine an individual suffering from dementia. This film is utterly heartbreaking.
Now let me just say this… It is time to focus on SIR Anthony Hopkins. Even though this script was designed for Hopkins to play the role, the man completely owns it. He is a force to be reckoned with and continues to show why this man has been one of the best in the business for quite some time now.
Don’t think that I forgot about Queen Olivia Colman now. The woman is a beast! These two are simply immaculate paired together.
What was once barely a blip on my radar has now become a favorite of mine. “The Father” will tear your heart out and really make you think about the circumstance that Anthony and anyone with dementia live with. It ends in a heartbreaking yet oddly peaceful way. Then lets you sit in what you have just experienced. At least that is how it broke down for me. Fantastic drama!
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