A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW
“The Father” – 9.5
In a word: Emotional
This is a movie that will pull heartstrings. If you dislike stories that can make you cry, however well-made, do not see this picture.
If you have a loved one who has long suffered from severe memory loss, you will either cherish this film for all the value and understanding it conveys. For some, it could be upsetting.
To start, we must acknowledge the superb acting talent of Anthony Hopkins, playing the main character whose fictional name is (ironically), Anthony. His performance is not only worthy of an Oscar, it stands out among the most powerful, and difficult performances by any Hollywood actor ever.
The story is based in modern-day London, about an 80 year-old man who is losing touch with reality, and is left to be cared for by a middle-aged daughter, Anne, wonderfully played by Olivia Colman. The dilemma becomes more crucial for them both as time passes and Hopkins’ character is upsetting everyone who comes into the fold, while Anne must seek professional assistance not only for Hopkins, but herself as well.
As we experience the ebb and flow of his memory, Anne copes with great difficulty as she grieves the gradual loss of her father while he still lives and breathes before her. “The Father” embraces real life from which people are suffering around the world.
While the director, Florian Zeller, give us various perspectives of each character, he cleverly blends make-believe people with reality and the confusion it brings upon Anthony and Anne, in particular. While some of the characters are true, and some are not, we’re drawn into the distorted mind of Anthony. My only criticism in the making of the movie, is wishing I had a rewind button somewhere to replay bits and pieces of the dialogue which, in the big theater, cannot be recaptured.
Make sure you bring a hanky.
I would give this film a 9.5 out of 10.