Thursday Movie Picks: Father-Son Relationships (Biologically Related)
It’s another Thursday, which means it’s time for Thursday Movie Picks, hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves! There’s still plenty of time to join, so hop over to her site for the year’s set of themes! On the last Thursday of each month, she devotes it to a special segment entitled All in the Family Edition. This week’s theme are father and son relationships, with them being biologically related. I didn't pick father and son movies, but rather focused this week's picks on the relationship that the two people are trying to forge. Here are are my picks this week:
When we first meet Stoick and Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon, the father-and-son didn’t see eye to eye. At first, it was about Hiccup wanting to help more with the dragon slaying using his gadgets, and Stoick deeming him too weak for the job. Then, when Hiccup develops a friendship with Toothless, it became about their beliefs as to what makes a person a true Viking. For Stoick, slaying a dragon is a rite of passage, but Hiccup refused to do so because he knows that dragons are different than what their people see. The strong bond between Stoick and Hiccup plays a central role in both How to Train Your Dragon movies, as even when they don’t see eye to eye at times, Stoick will always be there for his son.
Before Midnight started off with Jesse bringing his son in the airport, conversing about the summer and future plans. Their relationship with each other is distant, as Jesse isn’t there for most of his son’s life, with him living in Paris and his son jetting to Europe during the summer. Jesse’s relationship with him comes to air during an argument when he voices out his need to be there for the formative years of his son’s life.
Andrew’s relationship with his father is average, at best. As Whiplash dives to their scenes, it's evident that they go through a routine. While Andrew isn't as accomplished as the rest of his familial peers, he strives to be a perfectionist and his father was very supportive of him. His endless support and love for his son culminates in their final scene together. While it doesn't look like both father and son are chummy with each other, what is important is the essence of the relationship, that in the end, they have your back.