‘The Family’ Movie Review – Quite An Affair
Luc Besson is back behind the camera and brings us a really entertaining dark comedy action comedy, The Family, starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron, and John D’Leo.
The movie follows an ex-Mafia boss turned informant, and his family as they are once again relocated to a new town, this time in Normandy, France under the Witness Protection Program. Agent Stansfield (Jones) and his team are the people in charge of their protection, however the family makes it really hard for them to do their job.
Let’s just say that Fred Blake (De Niro), his wife Maggie (Pfeiffer) and their children, Belle (Agron) and Warren (D’Leo) have a hard time staying under the radar as they always resort to their old ways to take care of problems and adapting to a new town. Those old ways include beating people up, exploding building, dealing and lots more. It’s all made worse because the Mafia is still set on finding Fred and his family and getting rid of them.
In the movie, De Niro slips back into his mobster shoes as if he never left and brings Fred Blake to life the way you expected him to. Fred has a hard time adapting to his post-mob days and dropping him in Normandy seems is the perfect setting to challenge the character for our entertainment. But Fred would be nothing if it wasn’t for his family which has inherited some of his old ways. His wife Maggie, played wonderfully by Pfeiffer, tries her hardest to adapt to this new life, but even she can’t totally let go of her past. And probably the best part of the film are the children, Belle (Agron) and Warren (D’Leo) because let’s just say they have learned well from their dad, which leads to some great moments.
The strength of the movie lies in its comedy and the family itself. The subject matter could get pretty dark if there wasn’t some lightness to it and The Family finds the perfect balance between too dark and too funny.
Putting aside the fact that apparently everyone in Normandy speaks English perfectly, which is completely false, The Family is bound to entertain and once again put on display Besson’s ability to create a compelling story and characters and bringing them to life.
If you are looking for some action, some fun, and a bit of drama, The Family will deliver.
The Family is now out in theaters. You can watch the trailer here.