Robert Downey Jr.’s “Sr.” is an emotional tribute to his late father. Is it Downey Jr’s way of saying goodbye?
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: A new Netflix movie, ‘Sr.’ directed by Chris Smith and starring Robert Downey Jr., its official trailer has been released. It is a documentary that explores the relationship between Downey Jr. and his father, Robert Downey Sr., who used to be a well-known filmmaker. The trailer combs through how people generally know Downey Jr. for iconic roles like “Iron Man” in the Marvel movies and “Sherlock Holmes,” but most people don’t remember much about the man who created “Iron Man.” -Star raised. In a snippet of the trailer, Downey Jr. can even be seen asking his son, “Have you seen any of your grandpa’s movies? They’re awesome.” The trailer tends to examine the fun, witty, and loving Downey household.
Since the documentary was shot by Downey Sr. in the last few days, it makes the trailer and overall the film that is about to be released heartwarming. “It was that idea that kind of brought us movies together and still does to this day,” Downey Jr. said in the Netflix trailer, which helps viewers simplify what bonded the father-son duo even more. “All I remember is that cacophony of creativity, but mostly laughter,” he added.
The trailer also gives viewers a new unfiltered look at Downey Jr. as a son that has never been seen before. Regardless, the film’s official synopsis reads: “A lovingly irreverent portrait of the life, career and final days of idiosyncratic filmmaker Downey Sr., whose rebellious spirit has permeated decades of counterculture filmmaking, broadens the lens of Downey’s art to life with which it was deeply intertwined, including an intimate exploration of his relationship with son Robert Downey Jr.
“The film truly honors Senior’s non-linear approach to outlaw life, including capturing his decision to start his own concurrent and final film project,” adds the synopsis.
Downey Sr. was best known as the screenwriter and director of the underground film Putney Swope, a satire of New York’s Madison Avenue advertising world. Sadly, Downey Sr. died of complications from Parkinson’s disease in his sleep at his Manhattan home in July 2021, 13 days after his 85th birthday. So this feels like a real-life portrayal of Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark as he traveled back in time in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ where he met his father and said goodbye. Is it Downey Jr’s way of saying goodbye? We are not sure.
The film is produced by Downey Jr., who also appears as one of its central subjects. Given the family nature of the project, this is less of an objective documentary than a close-up chronicle of two generations coming together. It combines freshly shot footage with old family films and archive footage. It’s a compelling idea, and when you then layer “Father And Son” over it, it feels all the more emotionally powerful.
After ‘Sr.’ Debuted at film festivals earlier this year. hits select theaters November 18th and streams on Netflix December 2nd. under.