Her father’s resilience is put to the test in “Stillwater .”At primary glance, everything seems quite simple. He is a working-class man from Oklahoma who puts everything aside to go to France to support his daughter. You can see that it is broken inside. For year and year he has supported what is left of his family, and now he has to face his father’s get the best of fright: seeing his son ruin his life in guardhouse. She claims to be innocent and he believes her more than anything. When there is an opportunity for liberation (and salvation), he blindly consider it. Bill Baker is so immersed in his plans that he changes his life to prove his daughter’s innocence.
It is then that Stillwater go in for its dramatic and sober territory, which does not even allow the distant idea that everything is in vain. Because the plot allows you to present some ideas: what if she was really innocent? Who is the demolish in the homicide puzzle? How far is Bill disposed to go to prove it? In any specimen, he’s right. She is brawling for what she believes in for sure, and all this has to do with the release of her daughter as a victim. However, the puzzle of Stillwater is darker than you can imagine. It doesn’t matter if he did it or not. What matters now is how the father will do everything possible to make us believe that he is right.
McCarthy’s film is directed by the incredibly versatile Matt Damon in the role of Baker. His game is impeccable. There are no luxuries or melodramatic twists here that can turn your character into a set of possibilities. Damon makes us believe that protecting his daughter is the most important thing for a man. But he does not do it in an explosive tone, does not even change his attitude. His physique is expressed in the coldness necessary to believe in his mission.
Stillwater is a pure drama that turns into a crime thriller due to a powerful specimen that Baker turns into a way of life, and he will never stop trying to achieve his goal of proving his daughter’s innocence. That is why the end of the film seems aggressive, strident and even disturbing. When he finds out the whole truth about this specimen, he realizes that moral decay is his and only his. The other simply made mistakes, unintentional and almost unintentional. Baker is the only one who has a lot of demons in his head that will never leave him.