This is a very interesting film that gives Viggo Mortensen a chance to shine as a director and even more allows Lance Henrikson to shine as an actor, because in the end , Lance steals this movie. As a fairly abrasive father descending into senility and tolerated by his 2 grown kids, he is the entire movie. Well shot, well acted by the supporting cast, the movie isn't without it's problems though. Like many movies nowadays, it tells it's story in a non-linear fashion and with this story , it works. It only becomes confusing when at one point I had no idea if I was watching events taking place in the past or not. While the dialogue for Willis played by Lance is remarkably real, the movies biggest failing is in allowing you to not understand at all why his kids just didn't give up on him, he's abusive and very one-dimensional at times. How many scenes can one watch of someone verbally abusing those around him ? There are so few scenes of anything loving going on it makes everyone around him appear to be saints for putting up with such behavior, and that seems unrealistic. I also felt that everyone but the Willis character was a bit of a modern stereotype although Laura Linney (great actress) in her small scene really brought the role of the adult daughter to life. Viggo directing himself as the son was a bit of a weak link for me in the movie, maybe the role should have gone to another actor ? In all , the movie held my interest, is sad in a depressing way, really a story of opportunities lost , and while worth watching once if you like any of these actors, I would never watch it again.
A conservative father moves from his rural farm to live with his gay son's family in Los Angeles.
October 27, 2020