The Father

The Father ★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

I'm not if people still remember Chris Rock's stand-up routines from the 90s, but he had that one bit where he talked about how short people said life was, only to come up with the rejoinder 'Life isn't short. Life is LONG'.

I'm not quite as old as Olivia Coleman's character here, and my parents (both of whom are still alive) aren't quite as old as Anthony Hopkins here, and aren't suffering from the same maladies he is - but the situation portrayed here isn't that uncommon, and it's easy enough to imagine, with a couple of things slipping a certain way, a situation that's not that far off of what Coleman and Hopkins are put through here -especially when it's a similar situation to what hundreds of thousands of families and adult caregivers ARE going through -a situation that would have been even more nightmarish for the last year and a bit or so, during the pandemic.

Additionally, as a guy with reclusive tendencies, it's sort of tempting to look at Hopkins here, and follow some of those tendencies to their logical conclusion.

All of which is to say -- I really, really do not need to see an elderly Anthony Hopkins, postcard from his daughter clutched in his hands as he sobs in his pajamas for a mother who's never coming to get him to come and take him out of the room in the assisted living facility where he finds himself in this film's final scene, ever again.

Glad I saw it once, though.

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