The Good Father Reviews
"The Good Father" is a damning and pointed look at masculinity run amok in Thatcherite England which was also a low point for the gay rights movement. Even though one might hope that some of the attitudes in the movie are dated, sadly that is not the case with so-called men's rights activists currently making the same kind of mess that Bill does in the film. And as Bill, Anthony Hopkins gives one of his best performances that is alternately angry, charming, creepy and somehow sympathetic. Plus, Simon Callow is having too much fun playing a lawyer.
Here's my summary of the movie: Man and woman don't really want to have a child, but they wind up doing so anyway, and it destroys their marriage. Man is so full of anger and resentment about this he channels his anger by "helping" his friend by using anti-gay tactics to blow up what was previously an amicable divorce. Friend comes to his senses, man realizes he's still a miserable sack of shit after all is said and done.
Watchable TV movie with interesting themes that takes a different approach. Good to see Jopkins play someone normal, and not larger than life. Even at 85mins, the plot is spread really thin and becomes dramatically uneven at times.
u should see this movie