World’s Greatest Dad ♠ Movie Review

World's Greatest Dad

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When you have a movie with Robin Williams you usually get excellence and this piece is no different. The movie is unique, gently moving but its fluidity stays on in your head. Robin Williams is Lance, a “failed” writer, with a obnoxious girlfriend who is more of a control freak than an intimate, loving equal [not to mention she is a witch and bimbo in all sense of the word] and a really dumb, jerk of a son named Kyle. Lance is an English teacher, a poetry one at that, and it doesn’t help that another teacher of the same subject is more popular and successful than he is. The poor guy just wants to be recognized for his talents [which he has] but that never happens as he is always rejected by the publishers. Not to mention his attempts to be with Kyle  on some father-son time is a disaster for Kyle is really a satan spawn; a vulgar pervert with none of the merits his father possesses. Any person would be frustrated by such things but Lance is so eloquently in equanimity and patience that we see him take his disappointments in good grace — the only person he connects with is Andrew, Kyle’s only friend, who is a pretty mature kid and his next door neighbour. Well, then Lance life turns badly [when we thought he couldn’t be in more trouble] and Lance is unexpectedly thrown in a destiny where he must prove he is the “world’s greatest Dad”.

This was one of the best movies I have ever seen MASHALLAH for its critique of  superficial humans and really bad children — Lance is already a good father concerning that Kyle is one of the most awful, senseless, perverted and dimwitted kids around yet he tries to love that monster. Not only is Kyle mundane but has such a perverse addiction to all things foul that he is just a loser barfing about indecent practices, sex and views. The brat — I desired to hit him with an iron mallet! His girlfriend is another monstrosity — more like a mockery of a teacher and beauty. She is a vacuous dribble of a shell that really has no place in Lance’s life and should not really be anyone’s girlfriend. Even the teacher who is the rival may be popular with the kids at school and an all-round paragon but there even seems to be a defect in him that makes him sour and one cannot take him seriously. Even the school students are so dense and gross  that we can never really sympathize with them. Lance is surrounded by all these manipulative, malicious people of all ages but still remains a sweet empathetic person — in fact only one or two students are likeable and believable. Lance is more or less a naive, good natured, intellectual individual in a world filled with completely self-centred scoundrels.

The movie questions a lot about ethics in a certain non black and white manner {my cousin, Aunt’s son, inspired this analysis} because some of the actions people do may seem good but as they are not sincere they lose all their goodness. And negativities are not really negative at times but rather a protest against injustice. I really liked Lance as a human being and I liked how he shined through — his actions are nicely done and his creativities are beautifully anchored but ignored because probably mainstream culture cannot digest his ideologies or philosophies.

The movie posits is Lance really a failure? Or is it the consumer-oriented, corrupted- vice ridden and corporate hierarchic world he lives in?

The movie is a masterpiece MASHALLAH and something one should definitely watch.

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