Fatherhood review by Bobby Blakey

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I love Kevin Hart and the diversity he shows in all his ventures. He took his massive career from the stage onto the big screen with much success and has since even branched out in various internet shows and TV productions. While most known for his comedic works I like that he is branching out into more dramatic roles like the underappreciated The Upside. Now he is flexing those muscles again with his latest flick Fatherhood, but does it pack the needed punch to bring the feels or will he not be able to raise it to the deserved level?

Fatherhood follows a heartwarming, funny and emotional true story about a widower taking on one of the toughest jobs in the world: fatherhood. The film features a great cast including Alfre Woodard, Lil Rel Howery, DeWanda Wise, Anthony Carrigan, and Paul Reiser.

This was yet another film scheduled for big screen release that was hit by the pandemic and ended up getting sold to Netflix. I was eager to check it out just to see something new from Hart and was not disappointed. The film deals with some stressful and sad circumstances, but also brings the light and joy of life to the forefront. This is a film about life and it is often times more messy than otherwise.

Kevin Hart brings his ‘A’ game here bringing all the emotion and heart needed to make you connect, love and relate to his journey through raising a child alone. Gone is the over the top and sometimes loud Hart that the fans love and in its place is Hart the father that I can only imagine he dug into his own life to bring this strong performance. While the film is heavy at times it still has plenty of laughs that were smartly brought in through Lil Rel to keep Hart grounded in his role and not make it a joke.

The rest of the cast were good as well despite some of them being infuriating at times with the way they treat his approach to his parenting. This is part of the real world element that many people deal with in life and makes the film both stressful, frustrating and relatable. At the same time when dealing with these types of subjects they are often more predictable and this one is no different. You kind of know where it is all heading, but it is well executed to where you will still enjoy being a long for this journey called life.

Check out Fatherhood streaming exclusively now on Netflix.