“Life is a gathering of information”
At least, that was a line used by DeNiro in this flic. Just finished watching “Being Flynn” on a tip provided by my oldest son Timmy. Wow. What a movie. I can’t sleep as this is one those rare movies that keeps you up as emotions abound, resound and rebound off the ceiling. Most movies produced are designed as mind candy for the unadulterated escapism of it all.
Not this one.
The living dynamic between father & son is captured like no other movie I’ve ever experienced. No wonder Tim went for this. In the movie, DeNiro plays an alcoholic–not your average drunk, but a beautiful loser of sorts. It’s drenched in pathos and humor as the son first emulates, then denigrates his father. Without giving too much away, this majestic flic rocked my world early this morning. Based on a true story, “Being Flynn” follows Nick Flynn (Paul Dano) who is shocked to have his eccentric and long-absent father, Jonathan (Robert De Niro) reach out to him unexpectedly. Still feeling the loss of his mother (played in flashbacks by Julianne Moore) in the midst of starting a new relationship with Denise (Olivia Thirlby), the last person Nick wants to see is his father. But you can’t outrun fate and slowly Nick comes to realize he has been given the chance to make a real future not only for himself, but for his struggling father too. There’s nothing predictable about this story. No cliche’s are needed as the movie stands on it’s own.
See it…then call your sons if your blessed enough to have any.