Being Flynn [Blu-ray]
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The nature of the film works very well: we simultaneously meet Jonathan Flynn (Robert DeNiro), a man who believes he is `America's greatest writer along side Mark Twain and JD Salinger, who lives life day to day in a drunken stupor, driving taxis, acting out con games etc until he becomes homeless, and after seeking shelter from old friends he has neglected, he ends up in a homeless shelter. We also meet his estranged son Nick Flynn (Paul Dano, in a breakout performance) who is striving to discover who he is, perceiving himself as a writer but unsuccessful with relationships: Nick's mother Jody (Julianne Moore) we see only in flashbacks because she committed suicide, and his only communication with his absent father has been through letters. Also homeless, Nick moves with with two characters (Eddie Rouse and Steve Cirbus) who manage to help Nick find a job in a homeless shelter.Read more ›
Nick Flynn (Paul Dano) has been raised by his young mother, Jody (Julianne Moore), who committed suicide when Nick was 22 years old. Any scenes with Jody are seen while Nick is returning back to his memories of her. His father, Jonathan (Robert De Niro), had left his family much earlier and was divorced by Jody. Nick grew up never knowing his father, but for a stockpile of letters which has kept him in touch in any regard with Jonathan. All he knew of his father was scribbled on some pages and saved in a box by a young Nick.
Jonathan Flynn is a caustic, volatile, alcohol-dependent and during many intervals, an arguably delusional man. Marked throughout with problematic behavior, he becomes severely and physically abusive towards his downstairs neighbors. His landlord at the time must evict him. There may be an underlying mental illness afflicting Jonathan which goes unexplored. With this said, his father is also a witty man having a sharp comedic side which adds to an otherwise high-pressure situation between Nick and Jonathan.
Jonathan has flights of topics running in revolutions in his mind.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wanted to like this movie, but it never got out of first gear, slow and repetitive.Published 2 months ago by Linda-rose
A great movie and a great story, starring the best of all living American actors, Robert DeNiro. No matter the role, he's fabulous, and this movie is no exception.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I haven't read Nick Flynn's autobiographical book on which "Being Flynn" was based, so I'm addressing here only its effectiveness as a movie and not its adequacy or... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Stanley Crowe
Acting was excellent but story was depressing and at times boring. Watched it because it was a DeNiro movie.Published 9 months ago by Denny
dark depressing movie.
Dano outshines deniro
Deniro cannot convince as sympathetic
It was okay, wouldn't watch it again. Hope the book is betterPublished 11 months ago by Telisa Holland
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