Being Flynn (2012)
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Writer-director Paul Weitz turns his hand to this moving portrait of fathers and sons. 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
Mar 2, 2012 Limited
Jul 10, 2012
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It's been ages since De Niro tackled a character as rich and challenging as this, and he tackles it head-on.
Weitz digs diligently for emotional truths and makes the most of his excellent cast.
I'm happy to report that De Niro hasn't lost his chops. At least not quite.
For a movie that deals with suicide, homelessness and cocaine addiction, writer-director Paul Weitz's latest family drama feels strangely bland.
What's so satisfying about Weitz films like this one is how his lost boys and lost adults find themselves in the awkward dance of intimacy.
Being Flynn is a revealing and true film with a universal message, but the lack of bonus material makes the Blu-Ray a rental at best.
Being Flynn is too dark to appeal to the faint of heart and too safe to draw in those looking for an honest portrayal of a troubled father-son relationship.
It's a shame the studio didn't choose to keep the original title of the book in place, Another Bulls**t Night in Suck City would have been quite fitting for the film.
Eventually, the movie warps in on itself and becomes its own parody: an overly pretentious movie about an overly pretentious writer, which is not very well written at all.
Absolves Paul Weitz for having made Little Fockers and makes up for most of Robert De Niro's choices in the past few years.
Paul Weitz's gritty, sweet but mostly unsentimental film of Flynn's book puts a flawed, unpleasantly realistic face on homelessness and gives Robert De Niro his best role in a decade.
On the whole, the film feels detached and morose, just like its characters.
De Niro's Jonathan wraps himself up in the fašade of his fictitious artistry. He's Jake La Motta by way of Blanche DuBois, who can only occasionally depend upon the kindness of strangers.
De Niro's blustering doesn't help and neither does the sentimental take on his possibly insoluble problems.
It's simply difficult to throw in with the film's reality-if not its essential story, then its details: Being Flynn feels indie art-directed instead of observed.
To his credit, De Niro actually gives a committed performance for a change. But that doesn't mean what it once did.
He might be guilty of showboating, but De Niro's knockout performance is a declaration that the star of "Raging Bull" isn't ready to hang up his gloves.
The revelation, truly, is De Niro. It's been ages since he's dived fully and credibly into a dramatic character and lived inside its skin as he used to do routinely.
- Jonathan: One writer to another. I don't care how good a writer you are, you can't kill someone with words.
- Jonathan Flynn: Life is gathering material.
- Jonathan Flynn: Of course, writers, especially poets, are particularly prone to madness.
- Jonathan Flynn: I'm Jonathan Flynn. Everything I write is a masterpiece.
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