Being Flynn review
A film from the 2004 book by poet Nick Flynn which gives us an idea of the world of homeless people. Nick Flynn (Paul Dano) was surprised to get a call and ask for assistance from his estranged father, Jonathan (Robert De Niro). Dano gives a sincere portrayal but De Niro clearly shows his gifted talents, which proves that he still has that touch if given the right role such as this. Jonathan is a confident, racist, stubborn, ill-tempered writer-poet who is a survivor, yet you empathize with him because of Robert De Niro's brilliance. Even Moore was solid and touching despite limited screen time for her character. Despite the weak screenplay which makes the movie a bit bland, there were some interesting lines such as "It's hard to stay changed," Jonathan - "It's a wonderful life." and "We were put on this earth to help other people." Score was decent and direction suffice. It could have been much better if the conclusion were improved and the lead more likable. Being Flynn is still a nice watch with topics on conflicting father-son relationships, substance/alcohol abuse, empathy and genuine kindness.