“I think children flourish when they know that they are loved. I think children flourish when they’re as safe as they can be. And I think children flourish when good examples are set for them. To the extent you can create that environment for kids, I think you’re doing about all you can do. Which is, y’know, we all sort of think we’re gonna be able to do much, much more. But I don’t think any of it it supersedes that big three: love, safety and an example to follow.” – Ron Howard
Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Aug 2020)
Brief Synopsis – Documentary where the daughter of Ron Howard, herself a dedicated actress and film maker tries to discover the secret behind being not just a good father, but a great one.
My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and was intrigued to watch due to its premise.
First time director Bryce Dallas Howard does a wonderful job tackling this fascinating subject as she tries to get a better understanding of how fatherhood is perceived by the fathers themselves.
The film interviews numerous famous actors about their own fatherhood experiences and the use of some “real” people along the way helps make things so much more poignant to watch because we can see that there really isn’t much of a difference between celebrities and non-celebrities when it comes to this kind of topic.
The fact that this film is able to allow Howard to get the perspectives of fatherhood from her own father, grandfather and brother adds a very personal touch to things that helps make it even more powerful to watch.
We also get to see how the generational gap between these interviewees leads to show many similarities and differences in the aspect of raising children as a concept.
The movie is able to give us some very funny observations by the interviewees that are coupled by some very poignant ones.
Together, they are able to give us a very unique look at the idea of fatherhood and how one raises their kids.
On a personal note, this film, gave me pause to reflect upon my own methods as a father and has made me take a hard, truthful, personal look at myself as I strive to be a better father.
Bottom Line – Fascinating documentary that really tries to show how fatherhood is perceived. The interviews with both famous fathers along with “regular” fathers from various places around the world helps make things so poignant. The fact that Director Howard is able to also get the perspectives on fatherhood from her father (Ron Howard) AND her grandfather (Rance Howard) says so much abut the differences and the similarities between generations on the whole concept. The film is able to give us some very funny observations by these interviewees along with some very poignant ones that are both able to give us a unique look at the whole idea of fatherhood and raising one’s kids. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Directorial debut of Bryce Dallas Howard, daughter of Ron Howard. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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