Fatherhood, Kevin Hart shows unwavering strength.

July 21, 2021 By derrick
Kevin Hart

Rather given the tag name of a ‘dramedy’. Netflix’s Fatherhood starring Kevin Hart is an emotional movie showing a grieving widower grabbing on the reins of his new plight majorly being losing his wife. Though the entire length spans across the starting years of the child there’s little or no noticeable change throughout the formulative years only constant plot device.  It’s more of an attempt by a man looked upon with skeptism by his extended family at the new curve he is given by life that he can live up to par and raise his child. The movie is directed by Paul Weitz and is actually based on a book, or a memoir rather called ‘Two Kisses for Maddie’. The memoir was written by a rather obscure writer named Mathew Logelin who lost his wife named Liz. I know, eye rolls but let’s over look the first blaring signs of royal corniness because the story is good.. a little good if you ask. His story has gone quite a few places including Oprah.

Kevin Hart
Fatherhood | Netflix

The emotional feelings of loss and tragedy are there, yes, because you know the movie you probably caught the blurb on IMdb but through out the movie it’s noticeably not in the details as everything being tagged rushed as an understatement is a conglomeration of bland stills and scenes of everyday life. You’d be the one who intentionally matches up the feelings of loss as the storyline plays little to no part in serving up this. It has this tinge of like an omniscient writer, one steady rigid and blanketed feeling of sadness that just masks the top like a sugarless bun. Top is crusty but when bitten in is bland and fluffy nothingness. Despite this pitfalls Kevin Hart does a good job of keeping viewers glued to the screen and at some point, I would admit, I was watching him and not even no longer interested in the story being told. To think of alternatives Will Smith would have done a similar or even still, a better job in lights of The Pursuit of Happiness.

Kevin Hart’s Fatherhood speaks on gender based clothing

Fatherhood also not only speaks about the pitfalls of single parenting but also, gender based clothing and similar trends in conventional culture. The story shows a girl child being raised by a man with no female to model after begin to adopt the traits of the male child. Though in this part of the world it almost matters little to nothing but universal conventional media speaks otherwise. This also comes with unseen lack of motherly love that’s almost easily dismissed in these cases but also, in school child bullying and all this mixed with early child development makes the fresh grounds difficult to tread on making the protagonist going to seek help from the ones who seemingly down played him from the start due to ‘extreme immaturity’ in handling his personal life now notched up with the demanding presence of a developing child.

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See the trailer of Netflix’s Fatherhood.

Also starring is De Wanda Wise as ‘Swan’ whom for a bit tries to play the role of a female in the child’s life nonetheless the plot is rather shifted on her and Mathew’s budding romance and instant bonding with Maddie. The proposed bright lighting in this whole embodied sad story is quite a relief or rather, comes off as one given the storyline not only for Mathew who at this point looks like he was definitely going to call it quits but more importantly for his daughter. There’s ever present family dynamics through out the whole story across the two extended lines coming from both his and his late wife’s but nonetheless a strong front is put by this grieving new father so desperately wanting to do right by his daughter.  

Derrick Anyanwu is a creative writer.

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