I don’t know how you spent Father’s Day 2021. However, I hope you had a swell time. To the great dads all over the world, thank you for being such inspirational figures. To the bad ones, we hope you do better, so that we can felicitate with you, and celebrate you next year.
That brings me to why I am here. Kevin Hart’s Fatherhood opened on Netflix on Father’s Day weekend and the emotional drama based on 2011 memoir Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love by New York Bestseller author, Matthew Logelin. and adapted for screening by Paul Weitz (alos director) and Dan Stevens.
When I first heard the announcement for the film, I was sceptical about how Hart would take on such a serious role that involved sensitive subjects: parenting and fatherhood. But I was hugely disappointed after seeing the movie on Sunday. My disappointment was a win, of course, for Hart and those who helmed the casting.
Fatherhood took me on a heartwarming and emotional journey, exploring the special bond between father and daughter while confronting resonant themes of grief and loss, and the dauntingness of loving again after losing something so precious as a wife who had just put to bed in supposedly healthy conditions. Not forgetting it happened within a twinkle of an eye. Then, there is this baby you both made, first arriving on the back of several plans of co-parenting and shared love, but eventually watching those plans varnish at the turn of a neck.
For most men in Matt’s (Kevin Hart) predicament, with his daughter, Maddison’s both grandmas alive and kicking, taking on the responsibility of nursing her as a single Dad would have seemed a plan rather unrealistic, selfish, and potentially catastrophic. Although Matt takes the hard route, and he and Maddie eventually overcome, Fatherhood did not shy away from making bare the realities of single parenting; children are almost certain to be better off raised by a mum and a dad.
Fatherhood also details how quickly it can all change, and the child who once hearkened to everything you say now has a mind of her own, can form valid ideas and demand that you take note of her as a person. And rightly so. While Kevin Hart’s perfect portrayal of Matt Logelin has positively rocked many review houses and critiques, Melody Hurd’s depiction of Maddison Logelin also deserves praise.
A New York Bestseller memoir, a perfect story that takes you back to love, sacrifice and commitment: Fatherhood is the perfect interception of life’s uncertainties, marriage, and parenting.
If you haven’t seen Fatherhood on Netflix, what are you waiting for?