Rated: PG-13
Release Date: 01/20/2023
Production Company: Sony Pictures Classics

Hugh Jackman, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Dern, Vanessa Kirby and Zen McGrath.

Director: Florian Zeller. Producers: Florian Zeller, Iain Canning, Karl Hartman, Christophe Jeauffroy, Joanna Laurie, Susan Leber, Cass Marks, Amy Shepherd, Emile Sherman, Christophe Spadone and Danielle Turkov. Executive Producers: Hugh Jackman, Daniel Batsek, Philippe Carcassonne, Christelle Conan, Lauren Dark, Simon Gillis, Hugo Grumbar, Tim Haslam, Peter Touche and Ollie Madden. Screenwriters: Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton. Cinematographer: Ben Smithard.
By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

"The Son," is director and screenwriter Florian Zeller's impressive follow up to his 2020 Oscar winner, "The Father" which won "Best Screenplay" and a "Best Actor" trophy for Anthony Hopkins.

In "The Son," Hugh Jackman (TV’s “Koala Man”) delivers a powerful performance as a workaholic New York attorney named Peter.

He’s trying to adjust to his new life since divorcing his wife Kate (the always terrific Laura Dern (TV’s “The White Lotus”). His new love interest is Beth (Vanessa Kirby, TV's "The Crown") and they have a newborn child.

Adding to the dynamic is Kate and Peter's emotionally troubled 17-year-old son Nicholas (Zen McGrath, TV’s “Utopia”). He lives with Kate, but she can't deal with his moody and irrational behavior. She's had it when Nicholas goes missing and she discovers he hasn't attended school in weeks.

Peter agrees to let Nicholas live with him and Beth, but it does nothing to bring the father and son closer. In fact, it pushes them further apart.
Nicholas is angry that his dad left his mother for Beth. This kid's hatred and evilness is palpable and would make anyone around him feel uncomfortable. Beth has reason to fear Nicholas, especially when he begins to do things around the house that affect her and the baby.

Peter tries mightily to connect with Nicholas, but he’s so distant and angry at him that he clams up every time they try to talk things over.

How can you help someone when they're constantly pushing you away?

Nicholas needs professional help and Peter vows to get him the best possible because he can't just let his son continue down this path.

Through flashbacks, we see how Peter and Nicholas shared happier times together. Yet, over the years, Peter's work interfered with his home life and Nicholas and Kate spent the majority of their time together.

When Peter talks to his distant and uncaring father, (a superb Anthony Hopkins, “Armageddon Time”) we also get a glimpse into their relationship which appears almost as fractured as the one he has with Nicholas.

"The Son" is a deep, disturbing, and poignant film. It spotlights the pervasiveness of mental illness and depression and the powerful grip and impact it can have on some families.
I didn't expect "The Son" to have such a jarring ending. It's a real stunner.

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Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), The American Film Institute (AFI), and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.


<b> That Man Bolt</b> Title: That Man Bolt
Year Released: 1973
Running Time: 103
Production Company: Universal Pictures
Director: Henry Levin and David Lowell Rich
Director of Photography: Gerald Perry Finnerman
Screenwriter: Charles Johnson and Ranald MacDougall
Author: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: Updated Feature--2023

After Fred "The Hammer" Williamson carved out a stellar career as a defensive back in the National Football League with teams such as the Kansas City Chiefs (Williamson played in Super Bowl I), The Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Francisco 49ers, Williamson tackled Hollywood and became an...
Which one of the following 1970s TV shows was re-made into a big screen movie and starred Fred "The Hammer" Williamson?
"Starsky & Hutch"
"Charlie's Angels"
"Hawaii Five-O"