Everybody’s Fine (2010)

Everybody's Fine
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You have to say that this is Robert De Niro’s best piece of work in quite some time. His acting in this is second to none, and I hope that as he gets older now, he contemplates doing more serious movies like Everybody’s Fine. This shows what a fine actor Robert De Niro is, and I hope for the sake of his career he stays away from comedy roles, as I honestly believe he can make a similar impact to that of Clint Eastwood did as he matured in his selection of roles and films.

Robert De Niro plays Frank Goode; his 4 children are all now settled all across USA. He remains independent despite the loss of his wife recently. However his dream is to have his 4 children to visit him and have them around the dinner table like the old days. Everything is all set for his children to come visit him, until one by one they start to cancel their plans on him and its here you can really feel his sadness. Instead, against his doctor’s advice, he decided to go on a cross country trip to visit his children. His first stop is New York to visit his son David, but finds himself spending the night on the footsteps of David’s apartment block as David is nowhere to be seen. His next visit is his daughter Amy (Kate Beckinsale), who tries to make her dad’s visit short and sweet. Then his visit takes him to Denver to see his son Robert, thinking he’s a conductor in an orchestra only to have his hopes dashed. Last stop is Las Vegas to visit daughter Rosie (Drew Barrymore), the only one who so far seems to be genuinely glad to see her father.

Through his visits, Frank realises how distant he and his family have become, and feels that he’s been too hard on them as they were growing up, and that it was their mother that kept the family together. However, his children are hiding something, which is revealed towards the end of the film. I loved the fact how on each visit to his children, each of them were shown as little kids in his eyes, which just proves that no matter how old you get, in the eyes of parents you will always be their little child. I also liked how Frank took pictures everywhere he went, maybe his only way to remember his family as they’re distant and grown up now. All in all it’s a very good heart-warming movie to watch.

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