THE FATHER is one of the most powerful films in recent memory, with two knockout performances from Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman. Hopkins plays an old man who is plagued by dementia, and who is refusing care from his daughter, played by Colman, because he believes that he can take care of himself adequately on his own. The movie is structured from the perspective of Hopkins -- the audience often sees things in a non-linear fashion and is not introduced to certain major characters, making them just as strange to us as they are to Hopkins in his mind.
The writing from Florian Zeller is impeccable, managing to be creative while also giving us a devastating look into how it feels to suffer from dementia. While it sometimes feels just as much like a play as a movie, it never bores the audience with any superfluous details and implores the audience to attempt to find their way through a maze that has no ending. The editing and direction makes us feel as though we are being deceived, making us empathize with Hopkins while also siding with his caretaker, who is doing everything she can to care for her sick father.
The performances are the best of 2020, with Hopkins being possibly the best he has been on-screen in decades. (If Chadwick Boseman weren't such a strong contender for lead actor, I'd say give the Oscar to Hopkins.) Colman, however, may be my pick for best supporting actress, because she portrays the pain of watching a loved one slip into confusion and paranoia with heartbreaking reality.
The final ten minutes of the movie are my favorite scenes acting-wise of the past year. THE FATHER is an essential watch that everyone should seek out.