With Father’s Day fast approaching, I thought I would take a gander through some of the most popular dads from the gogglebox…
Clark Griswold : National Lampoon
I am probably a tiny bit biased here, as National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is my favourite Christmas film, but Clark is all about the family. He strives to create the perfect Christmas or the perfect vacation and usually falls below the expectation that he sets himself.
He is the patriarch of the family, can be a bit of a flirt and does get himself into difficult situations, but he loves his wife and family and will do anything for them!
Ned Stark : Game Of Thrones
Ned taught his children the traits and honour and duty, he wanted his children to grow up with high values and morals. He sacrificed his own honour to protect Jon Snow, by claiming he was his illegitimate son to ensure his protection, when in fact, Jon was his nephew.
Ned’s death provoked a brutal reaction from his family because he was well loved by them all.
Philip Banks : The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Uncle Phil, as he was known to Will Smith’s character, had two daughters and a son already, before he agreed to let Will stay with them. He was always there for each of the children and was always ready to give them some good advice.
He sometimes appeared strict and blunt, but he was also level headed, kind-hearted, knowledgeable and caring, what else could you want in a father?
Marlin : Finding Nemo
Marlin is an overprotective, paranoid and neurotic dad, but that’s not surprising as his wife, Coral and all but one of his children die in a barracuda attack. His one remaining child is Nemo. But when Nemo is kidnapped by humans, Marlin goes on a journey to rescue him, proving that he loves his son more than anything and anyone in the world and he displays strength and courage in his quest to rescue his son.
He realizes during his journey that he should let Nemo grow up and get out in the world, otherwise he will never live his life to the fullest.
This father demonstrates the lengths he will go to for his children and this includes dressing up as a Scottish nanny! The film addresses issues such as divorce, separation and the effects this has on the family.
Bryan Mills : Taken
Bryan is a retired CIA operative, he quit his job as he wanted to spend more time with his daughter, Kim. His fatherly duties are stretched to the limit when his daughter is kidnapped by a human trafficking ring and he is quickly en route to rescue his daughter and her friend.
This film has the famous quote, which highlights his determination to get his daughter back to him:
"I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want ... I have a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career, skills that make me a night mare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you. But if you don't, I will look for you. I will find you. And I will kill you."
Now, that’s fatherly advice…
I was lucky enough to have two fathers, but unlucky enough to have lost them both… they both served their country, they both looked after my mum and they both enriched my life in different ways.
So here’s a shout out to all you fathers out there; those who will be celebrating their first Father’s Day, those that have seen it all before, those that can’t be with their children on this day and those that will receive some bottles of beer or socks….