It’s Father’s Day y’all! Last year we celebrated with a look at back at some of the best movie dads of all time, and this year we’re gonna celebrate some of the new guys. Look– we all have our Daddy issues, and sometimes the best place to work those issues out is at the cinema (just ask Martin Scorsese). In the past year many-a-flick has come out showcasing strong fathers and father figures– and highlighting all of the drama that comes with them, so I’ve picked just a few of the characters that left a major impression on me. Be they good guys or bad guys, movie Dads are usually pretty interesting fellas… kinda like the real-live Dads we all know and lurve. Celebrate Father’s Day 2013 with a look back at some of my personal favorite movie Dads of the past year!
1. Robert De Niro as Pat Sr. in Silver Linings Playbook
During the trailer, I may or may not have cried over some of De Niro’s lines in this one (It’s a sin if you don’t reach back). The trailer! LOL… and I was just as emotional during the movie! Pat Sr. played father to Bradley Cooper’s character and he was brilliant. Somehow he managed to be both supportive of his son (who suffered from a mental breakdown) even as he was still that typical, no-time-for-the-BS, De Niro. For those of you who’ve seen the movie, please believe that I got teary-eyed every time De Niro’s character would beg Pat Jr. to stay for the Eagles game… LMAO! It was epic! And I thought the storyline was so well-written as to imply that some of Pat Jr.‘s mental health issues might even be traced back to certain neuroses in his Dad, which De Niro also captured perfectly. I fully expected to watch the movie and fall in love with Jennifer Lawrence’s character (J-Law got the Oscar for her role), and while I did like Tiffany, it was Pat Sr. who totally stole my heart.
2. Dwight Henry as Wink in Beasts of the Southern Wild
I was one of many people–critics and movie-goers alike– who was struck by the epic indie father/daughter tale Beasts Of The Southern Wild. Dwight Henry had never acted professionally a day in his life, but his gritty performance of an ailing, single father in the mythical town of The Bathtub really drove the film. Beasts was one of my favorite indie films of last year, and Wink will always stand out to me as one of those movie Dads who’s actually difficult to watch. His tough (like, really tough) love attitude towards little Hush Puppy (played by Oscar-nominee Quvenzhané Wallis) was so intense, it was sometimes brutal. But such a display of fatherly love was totally necessary, as it helped to reflect the danger, wonder, and adventure waiting of life The Bathtub.
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