The Father (2020)

A heartbreaking story told so wonderfully, that you end up questioning your own grip on reality.

Anthony Hopkins is superlative in his role as a man who is forgetting not only his relations, but time, space, traumas and memories. Olivia Colman plays his daughter, in who’s eyes and face we see the steady decline of her beloved father.

The movie is based on a critically acclaimed play ‘La Pere’ by Florian Zeller, who has also directed the film.

A story that slowly weaves its world and leaves you utterly helpless as you try and navigate the father’s point of view and life, it is as poignant as it is magnificent.

5/5

The Halcyon (2017)

A miniseries set in 1940s London, it has an all star cast which mirrors the Downton Abbey style of upstairs and downstairs, with more jazz and high fashion.

The drama starts and ends on a high note, but the series didn’t find the appeal required and was cancelled after its first season. It had promise as it painted a very authentic picture of life during the Second World War.

Great performances by Steven Mackintosh, Olivia Williams, Kara Tointon, Matt Ryan, Hermione Corfield and Mark Benton, with music written by Jamie Cullum.

I enjoyed this period extravaganza with all the familiar twists and turns. High production values and great music make it an entertaining watch.