We have a lot of movies to watch at our house. You see our cable company gave all subscribers a free month of HBO. Top this great offer with Mike’s love of movies and that gives us an 80% full recording cable box. He even taped a plethora of chick flicks and I don’t like chick flicks. Apparently he does or he’s trying to get in touch with his softer side. Either way, it just about a movie a night around here.
One he taped I’d never heard of Being Flynn. When it came up for a watch I was skeptical. However, after each movie we grade it. Yes grade it as if we were a movie school – A, B, C, D, F. For the first time when a movie was done we both turned to each other and said “A” ! This has never happened before so if our household gave out little golden statues this would be a shoe in.
The move is a character study of Nick Flynn (Paul Dano). A young man whose mother is dead and hasn’t seen his father (Robert DeNiro) in 18 years. Nick takes a job at a homeless shelter. Then out of the blue his father calls him asking for help to move, he’s been evicted. You know how they say you know your real friends, they are the ones that help you move… well Nick’s new roommates help him move his father. In the process they all learn that Dad isn’t such a nice guy. Where’s Dad moving to? Well out, he’s been evicted. It isn’t long until Dad is a guest at Nick’s work. This sends Nick into spiral of self doubt and loathing as we learn more about him and his father.
Some parts of this are painful to watch. The emotions and harshness of the situation plays out on the screen. The acting in this is top notch. It’s time to confess I’m not a huge DeNiro fan. Raging Bull was great but always felt he was a bit over rated. For me this beat his Oscar performance hands down. Paul Dano was spot on and he’s one on my must watch list now after that.
In the end, the story points out none of us are finished works. We do the best we can with our foibles in our circumstances. Nothing is ever perfect. Yet if you try, you just might find a balanced place where you can accept your own short comings. Then make the most of your strengths. Once there if you are really lucky you might find the grace to accept others with their short comings.
It’s worth the watch. Though you might need tissues in some scenes.