Hugh Jackman's Latest Film The Son Got A Particularly Outstanding Ovation

Hugh Jackman's Latest Film The Son Got A Particularly Outstanding Ovation ...

Hugh Jackman will return to the big screen shortly for Sony Pictures Classics The Son, following his performance in the 2021 sci-fi film Reminiscence. The Son premiered this week at the Venice Film Festival and was received with a 10-minute standing ovation afterwards.

The Son is a story about a 17-year-old boy named Nicholas (Zen McGrath) who decides he does not want to live with his mother Kate (Laura Dern) and moves in with his father Peter (Hugh Jackman) and his new romantic partner Beth (Vanessa Kirby), who have been working on the film version since 2012. Both films are narratively connected.

The Son received a 10-minute standing ovation at Venice on Wednesday evening, and Deadlines' own review for the film claims it to be the most emotionally moving film of Hugh Jackman's career. Zen McGrath, Laura Dern, and Vanessa Kirby were also praised by Deadline.

[A] solid, character-driven story that is expanded a bit more, but still has the feel of an intimate family drama without obvious flashy technique that would sink it.

The BBC offered some excellent reviews of The Son, but ultimately fell into more mixed territory, stating that The Son is at its best when it navigates how difficult and slippery it is to try and help someone you love who is contemplating suicide. However, Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern lean into stagey tics that are emotionally dishonest and dissonant with Zen McGraths' performance.

[It] is a shambles-laced film with a sincere heart, but a significantly less impressive progeny of The Father's talky triumph. Is it like father, like son? Sadly, this does not appear to be the case.

The Son has been graded by the Playlist as a B- grade, indicating that while Florian Zeller is unable to reproduce the magic of The Father and this new film is a mostly substandard piece of maudlin manipulation, Hugh Jackman's performance improves The Sons quality, as does its greatest asset, the thematic foundations of its source material.

The narrative and the performers alike have enough humanity to soothe the soul and most offset the uninspired direction. But The Son should shine at least a little brighter in the dark material given these participants and their previous triumphs.

The Son was rated by Indiewire as a depressing story that made The Father appear like a Paddington film in comparison, as well as stated that The Son is so painful (and so bereft of air or lightness) that it can't help but feel like an argument against having children in the first place.

The Son is a stout and straightforward family portrait that hides all of Zellers' previous work's ability to recover profound human remains from the massacre of its mental illness. Its simplicity emphasizes the senselessness of depression.

If you want to see The Son for yourself, there are other reviews you can read for yourself. However, there may be divergent opinions on whether or not it should be on the list of finest Hugh Jackman films, so it's certainly not a good idea to do so if youre in the mood to get your spirits lifted. Read what reviewers said of Brendan Fraser's The Whale coming out of Venice, and how the response to Dont Worry Darling's world premiere has evolved.