Ignores Hollywood Standards
Reel Inspiration Review: When Did You Last See Your Father.
When Did You Last See Your Father ignores standard Hollywood wisdom:
Keep the title short and catchy. Avoid flashbacks. The action should be
external, not internal. Make films that appeal to teenage boys. And
most of all, don't do stories about old, dying people.
In an article about what sells in Hollywood, an agent moans that she
just can't read one more story about coping with aging, dying parents.
The market was glutted with them. I couldn't help but think that this
must be a very timely and heartfelt theme since it was popping up in so
many scripts. Is it possible that there's an adult audience hungry for
stories that help them deal with the hard issues in their lives?
When Did You Last See Your Father is based on Blake Morrison's heart
wrenchingly honest autobiographical bestseller. It is the story of the
forty year old writer's attempts to resolve his troubled relationship
with his father as he deals with his immanent death. Collin Firth
courageously portrays the estranged son's sometimes unlikable
sentiments of resentment, frustration, confusion, and disappointment
tinged with compassion for his fading father. Being home brings back
memories of coming of age in his charismatic father's shadow and
discovering some hard realities about the man. Thanks to Jim
Broadbent's dynamic performance, we can see why the son was once proud
of him - even though he never felt his father's approval. Blake goes on
an internal journey where he finds that he has some of his father's
weaknesses. He must decide what kind of man he is to become. At first,
the film's lengthy title seems to accuse the grown son of neglecting
his father. But by the end, we discover that the title actually asks,
"When was the last time you really saw your father - without your own
feelings of inadequacy and resentment getting in the picture? When was
the last time you saw love?"
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Get a life
_And When Did You Last See Your Father_ is mainly a story about a son's
feelings toward his father, supposedly a true story. Stripping away all
the extraneous plot elements, the big question for the son becomes the
cheating issue. When his father dies, he confronts one of the women
with whom the father might have had a continuing affair, asking if
their relationship became physical. She says that that question needs
to remain unanswered out of respect for the deceased and herself. Colin
Firth, playing the son, acts as if this is an impossible situation for
him, not knowing. Dr. Phil would tell him to stop whining and get on
with his life. This movie, in my opinion, is just a write-up of the
whine so as to cash in on its commercial value. I don't think director
Mike Leigh would have accepted any amount of money to dignify that
story line with a movie, but if he had done so, he would have given us
a movie far, far better than this one. -- Aloha ~~~ Ozzie Maland ~~~