Friday, July 17, 2015
I always strongly preferred Robin Williams in dramatic roles rather than in comedies or doing standup. (And trying to reconcile these two extreme sides to him was always a feat!) Well now you have one more chance to check out a new dramatic role from him. And fortunately it's a good one. In this quiet drama, Williams plays a melancholic man dealing with his sickly father, his increasingly distant relationship with his wife (Kathy Baker) and best pal (Bob Odenkirk, in yet another terrific role of late), and a confusing bond he develops with a young gigolo. It's well acted and compelling enough to remind us what a talent Williams was, and an example of the kinds of demons that secretly plague people, sometimes to tragic ends. I am sure you agree, he will be sorely missed.
Who is this movie for? It's a strong choice for fans of Williams' dramatic side. Though it's a bit melodramatic, and if quiet melodrama isn't your thing, you should turn elsewhere. But for me, having seen it first a year ago before Williams passed away, and again this week, it has taken on even more poignancy post mortem.