Argumentative August #9 – In the Name of the Father (1993) – movierob.wordpress.com
Rob and I would like to once again welcome you to another review for our Argumentative August Blogathon. This next film, In the Name of the Father is being reviewed by Rob at movierob.wordpress.com. Let’s see what he thought of this movie…
Number of Times Seen – 2 (Theater in 1993 and 16 Aug 2015)
Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of 7 people wrongfully imprisoned in England in the 1970’s after being coerced into confessions that they were involved in terrorist acts and the lawyer who acted in order to free them.
My Take on it – Certain movies tell a great story, but ruin it by falling into the trap of turning it into too much of an advocacy instead of just depicting the story as it happened.
This movie falls into that snare very early on and unfortunately isn’t able recover from it.
They do a very good job of telling the story tho of how not every convicted criminal is always guilty due to corruption in the law, but they try too hard to sensationalize everything that happens and it loses some of its credibility in those scenes.
Daniel Day-Lewis is excellent as the main character and I really enjoyed the way that they developed his character over the course of the film and gradually showed him mature in ways he never expected as time goes by.
As good as Day-Lewis was, he (and everyone else) paled in comparison to the performance of Pete Postlethwaithe (who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor for this movie). He was truly an amazing actor and unfortunately didn’t get as much credit for all of his work as he deserved.
Bottom Line – Very good depiction of how not every convicted criminal is always guilty of their crimes, but the story at some points feels like it is trying too hard to sensationalize events. Liked the way that the maturity of Day-Lewis’ character evolves over the course of the movie. Postlethwaite is amazing here and was a much better actor than he ever got credit for. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In preparation for his role, Daniel Day-Lewis lost 30 pounds and spent nights in the jail cell on the set as crew members threw water and verbal abuse at him. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)