The Father

The Father

Goddamnit aging can be cruel. This movie does a brilliant job of putting the audience in the head of a man with dementia. Reality, time, identity are all jumbled. This “not knowing what’s real” quality gives the movie an aura of mystery that I wasn’t expecting. Originally a play, I can see how it would work on the stage, but the story benefits from the cinematic approach, particularly the fluid production design — the settings bleed into each other more and more as the movie progresses. We’re not always sure where we are. 

Feels a bit ironic that while the character he plays is tragically enfeebled, Hopkins is doing some of the best work of his career. Seems like age hasn’t dulled him one bit and we should all be so lucky. 

But we won’t all be. And that’s what makes this movie so unsettling. 

Side note, in Deep Blue Sea the premise is that they need to genetically engineer super sharks because doing this will help cure Alzheimer’s somehow. The movie wants us to think this was a mistake. That we shouldn’t mess with nature. I highly disagree. If all it takes is making some super sharks to cure Alzheimer’s...fucking do it! Make the super sharks! Yes, a few people might get eaten. But it would be worth it to humanity to cure such a brutal disease. Anyway, sorry for getting political.