Daddy Got A Gun.)
Release Date: August 26th.
Written by: Peter Craig and Andrea Berloff.
Directed by: Jean-Francois Richet.
Starring: Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna, Michael Parks, William H.. Macy, Miguel Sandoval, and Dale Dickey.
Back around 2008, or maybe it was earlier, Mel Gibson went on an Anti-Semitic rant that basically cost him his career. I get that Hollywood has a large Jewish presence which wields a large amount of power, and that it's not nice to say mean things about people, but if everyone who said something mean or hateful about another person (or group of persons) lost their jobs, especially when they opened their mouths when they were drunk, then there wouldn't be a lot of employed people in the world.
The point is, the guy who thrilled us with the likes of Mad Max, Braveheart, Lethal Weapon, Payback, and Signs was blacklisted, and he's been relegated to playing parts in smaller movies over the last few years.
Blood Father is no doubt a smaller film too, but it's a really good one, and it lets Gibson shine in a way that he hasn't in a very long time.
|IF THIS IS HIM CLEAN, I'D HATE TO SEE HIM ON A BENDER.|
|THAT GIRL IS TROUBLE.|
|SO LOVING. SO NURTURING.|
I expected Blood Father to be an all-out action fest in which Mel Gibson runs around beating people to bloody pulps left and right, but it ended up being more than that. There were plenty of emotional beats, and even some humor, that balanced the action, and made the more visceral moments of the movie feel like they meant more.
The thing that really sold this movie for me, was seeing Mel Gibson in full bad-ass mode. John Link isn't some unstoppable bad-ass who strikes cool poses, or who says the perfect, awesome line every time he speaks, but the way that Mel Gibson plays him makes him seem formidable as hell; he's an ex-con who you just know isn't the type of dude to fuck with, but he's also really likable and deeply flawed, which makes him seem more realistic.Mel Gibson is ferocious in this one, but he's real, and that makes all the difference.
The relationship between John and his troubled-as-hell daughter felt genuine to me, even if it was a bit schmaltzy at times. I've seen tons of movies that have played the "estranged parent/child come together and learn to love one another again" card, but the way it's done in Blood Father made me forget just how familiar that trope is. I credit Mel Gibson and Erin Moriarty for that. Both were excellent in their roles.
|AND LET US NOT FORGET HOW AWESOME WILLIAM H. MACY IS.|
Also, the way that Michael Parks' character was written felt really odd to me.
|AND THE BIKE GETTING TRASHED WAS A DAMN TRAGEDY.|
|YOU CAN BIND HIS HANDS AND HOLD HIM AT GUNPOINT, BUT YOU CAN NEVER REALLY HOPE TO CONTAIN HIM.|
Blood Father is on VOD, and in limited theaters, now.
Erin Moriarty was a bad girl in this one.