The Father

The Father

Zeller is skilled at continually setting up and subverting, or not subverting, logic to throw us into the chaos of Anthony Hopkins' deterioration. The deliberate confusion is there in his text, and I'm sure the play works well, but he really elevates his script in a formal way. It's so specific with blocking, editing, and framing choices, which keep rearranging the furniture and asking us to figure it out. Stuck in this confusing subjectivity, we have to actively engage, but we end up feeling the futility of the characters' mental state. It can be a lot to endure.

The whole movie is like the best parts of mother! or I'm Thinking Of Ending Things but sadder, more focused, and serving a concrete subject. And boy, we're lucky to have Anthony Hopkins. Old people lucidly playing un-lucid old people is always pretty powerful, to me.