America has produced only three classic writers - Mark Twain, J.D. Salinger and me.
Robert De Niro is one of my favorite actors but I don't remember the last time I saw him in anything good. This is probably the best performance I've seen from De Niro in quite some time, even though it goes into scene chewing a time or two.
What's nice is that he's actually playing an interesting character for a change. Along with Paul Dano they offer a complex father/son relationship that usually heads in a predictable direction in movies, but it doesn't in this film.
Not going for the predictable is great, but the film does suffer in the final act. It doesn't…