My Son (2021)


“I know I’m a bad dad. I know I’m never here. I know he can’t rely on me. But it’s not my fault he’s gone missing, darling.” – Edmund Murray

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Sep 2021)

Brief Synopsis – An estranged father returns to help find his son after he disappears while on a camping trip.

My Take on it – The premise of this film was quite interesting and I was intrigued as to how James McAvoy would play this kind of character.

Unfortunately, the story moves along at a really strange pace and they never take much time to develop the characters at all, leaving them feeling far too stereotypical and superficial.

The plot seems a bit too predictable in the way it all plays out and that also hurts things a bit too much because the various kinds of surprises one might hope for along the way never materialize.

McAvoy and co-star Claire Foy are much better actors than this film allows them to be and that is quite disappointing.

The lack of chemistry between any of the characters makes things feel even less plausible in the way that it all plays out.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – As with Guillaume Canet in the original film, My Son (2017), James McAvoy was not given a script and had to improvise all of his dialogue. All other actors knew the script and story, and McAvoy’s reaction to the other actor’s revelations were genuine. This was done to capture the authentic shock and surprise a parent would experience when dealing with a traumatic event. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)

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