By Jack Rico
“A father is supposed to be the one man who will never give up one you …” – Anonymous
Today Father’s Day, gifts are flying left and right to tell Dad how much we love him. He’s getting calls from loved ones, ties, an iPad, a fancy dinner and more. But you maybe just want some one on one time and nothing does that better than going to the movies. You get to catch up, watch a film, then after, you get some grub and maybe hit the batting cage for ol’ times sake.
So as opposed as to giving you the traditional a list of DVD’s to watch at home, here are my four best recommendations to watch in theaters right now.
4. After Earth
I’m not going to lie and make believe this movie is great. It’s a bit boring, but… if you’re searching for a film that has the storytelling qualities for a son to bond with his father on Father’s Day, than this movie screams out bonding time.
Will Smith and real life son Jaden Smith star in this sci-fi film about a crash landing that leaves Kitai and his father Cypher stranded on Earth, a millennium after events forced humanity’s escape. With father Cypher injured, son Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help. The bond between both will be solidified either in life or death.
You can’t get any better than a father/son movie with real father/son actors. You might not be very entertained, but if you focus on the relationship of the Will and Jaden and look at it from a paternal perspective, it’s hard to beat this.
3. The Croods
Ranked #1 when it debuted on March 24th, “The Croods” has been a hot with family audiences throughout its run. If the rest of the family wants to join in on the Father’s Day activities at the movies then this hit animated 3D film will do the trick. After their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy. Even though this story isn’t exclusively centered around dad and son, it does provide great family fun by providing crowd pleasing entertainment with a fast-paced, adventure.
2. Man of Steel
Forget the Superman fighting for truth, justice and the American way and get intimate with the story of two fathers doing everything and anything for their son. In the new Superman adaptation “Man of Steel” Jor-El (Russell Crowe) dies to save his son from the destruction of his planet while his father on Earth, Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), embodies the father that Jor-El could never be due to his untimely passing. Nevertheless, the spirit of Jor-El lives in Superman, guiding him through all his struggles and victories. Combine that with the best entertaining sci-fi action movie of the summer and you have yourself the perfect movie for Father’s Day.
1. The Place Beyond the Pines
Two fathers, two sons for the price of one ticket. I think this is the ultimate father-son movie you can see in theaters right now. Not only is this the best movie of I’ve seen so far this year, you’ll enjoy the fatherhood themes grounded in reality, not fiction nor fantasy.
With an overwhelmingly star-studded cast and ambitious synopsis, a bleach-haired biker dude named Luke (Ryan Gosling) sees a former fling Romina (Eva Mendes) who tells him that he has a son. Eager to fulfill the role as the father he never had, Luke drops the show burdened with a sudden need to provide. With nothing more to offer Romina than a fast ride home, Luke turns to bank robbery for a quick chance to prove he can support them.
If you haven’t been the best father, or if you’re a son who has had a strained relationship with your dad, this film tackles all those issues with grit and tremendous acting.