I have always a fan of Kevin Spacey. In my humble opinion, he is in a class of elite actors that can actually become a character. Therefore the only thing I knew before watching “Father of Invention” was that Kevin Spacey would give a great performance. When the movie was over my assumption had been correct.
With regards to the plot it is somewhat simpleton maybe even trite. Robert Axle (Kevin Spacey) is an inventor of various products that one would find on an infomercial. Unfortunately one of his products ends up severely harming a consumer and the aftermath ends up landing Mr. Axle in federal prison for eight years. Once released from prison, Axle finds that his life is in a state of condemnation. He is broke, his name is mud, his marriage has ended and relationship with his daughter is strained. Notwithstanding, Axle is prepared to do what it takes to build his life back together and rebuild his finical empire.
I found the movie to be both predicable yet refreshingly different. What the movie lacks in story, it compensates in the performance of its characters. This film featured quite a bit of talent, Heather Graham, Camilla Belle, Jack McGee, Johnny Knoxville (which I found surprising) and Virginia Madsen (whom I am rather fond of). This movie had a good balance of drama and humor. This film also wasn’t pretentious, yet didn’t take itself too seriously.
In closing, “Father of Invention” wasn’t the greatest movie I have ever seen, it isn’t going to win any awards, none of the actors or actress will be remembered for their involvement in this film, yet there was something about it that gave it charm. This charm made a rather simple film much more endearing. I suppose if someone is looking for a non-stop action movie, a moot remake movie, a CGI film and/or a movie filled with potty humor then this movie will not be enjoyed. I for one found it a pleasant way to spend 90 minutes.