The Father [Blu-ray]
(Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell, et al / Blu-ray / PG-13 / 2021 / Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
Overview: A man (Anthony Hopkins) refuses all assistance from his daughter (Olivia Colman) as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.
Blu-ray Verdict: Simply put, The Father is one of the most powerful films in recent memory, with two knockout performances from Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman.
Hopkins plays an old man who is plagued by dementia, and who is refusing care from his daughter, played by Colman, because he believes that he can take care of himself adequately on his own.
The movie is structured from the perspective of Hopkins - the audience often sees things in a non-linear fashion and is not introduced to certain major characters, making them just as strange to us as they are to Hopkins in his mind.
The writing from Florian Zeller is impeccable, managing to be creative while also giving us a devastating look into how it feels to suffer from dementia.
While it sometimes feels just as much like a play as a movie, it never bores the audience with any superfluous details and implores the audience to attempt to find their way through a maze that has no ending.
The editing and direction makes us feel as though we are being deceived, making us empathize with Hopkins while also siding with his caretaker, who is doing everything she can to care for her sick father.
The performances are the best of 2020, with Hopkins being possibly the best he has been on-screen in decades (and lest we forget that Hopkins won the Best Lead Actor Oscar for this role; and over the odds-on Chadwick Boseman).
It is truly a miracle of filmmaking, and besides a slightly slow start, I have absolutely nothing to complain about it. Olivia Colman holds her own in her supporting role as the aging Hopkins daughter, and again you will be moved to tears by her performance.
We have an excellent supporting cast to follow, but no one quite sticks out as much as those too, although Imogen Poots, despite her short runtime, does prove to be rather memorable.
The score is brilliant, and so is the cinematography. Every aspect of this film seems developed to its full potential, and I have never left a film feeling so emotionally impacted, emotionally drained, and satisfied all at once.
Indeed, the final ten minutes of the movie are my favorite scenes acting-wise of the past year which means, and without a shadow of a doubt, I can attest that The Father is an essential watch that everyone should seek out. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Homecoming: Making The Father
Perception Check: Portrait of The Father
The Father will be available on Digital May 4th, 2021 and on Blu-ray and DVD May 18th, 2021.
The Father Official Website
The Father Official Trailer