This film seemed to come out of nowhere – but why? It has a fairly simple story to pitch, with natural drama, it has a pretty decent cast with a few recognisable names, including Oscar winner Russell Crowe, and it’s coming out at a time where it doesn’t really have much to compete with in its genre. But there’s been no advertising whatsoever, almost as if the studio has no confidence in it. Whether they don’t think it’s going to make any money, or whether they simply think it’s not very good, it doesn’t fill me with confidence.
Fathers and Daughters follows two stories. The first is that of Jake Davis (Russell Crowe), an award-winning writer who has trouble balancing his family life with trying to write another masterpiece, and is also struggling with his health, suffering seizures whenever he experiences too much stress. The second story follows Katie his daughter, 25 years later, who after being raised unconventionally struggles to make and keep any kind of relationship. She’s also a child psychologist, but that’s not particularly important.
This is clearly a character piece, and that is the best element of the film. Russell Crowe is at times hard to believe as a loving father, but captures the rest of the troubled genius character well, Amanda Seyfried brings the real heart, and has some very emotional moments, especially near the end of the film, and Aaron Paul is solid as the all round good guy. It also has one of the best child performances I’ve ever seen, from Kylie Rogers, who displays pretty much every emotion you can think of. Unfortunately, that’s about it.
Considering the amount of drama that would’ve been on show in this film, it really failed to make me feel anything at all. The pace is a bit slow, with long sections just passing by, and while I was never particularly bored, I wasn’t particularly entertained.
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