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DVD Review: The Angriest Man in Brooklyn

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The Angriest Man in Brooklyn


The Angriest Man in Brooklyn should have been titled The Angriest Fan in Lincoln. Though a comedy in nature, the final product of this film is sad. Both because the genius of Robin (Good Will Hunting, Mrs. Doubtfire) Williams is almost enough to save an almost unsalvageable script and the fact that the very premise of this, one of Williams' final performances, was a dark comedy about regrets and suicide. In this remake of a foreign film of a similar topic, the screenplay is riddled with cliches, unrealistic dialogue, and absolutely unacceptable attempts at humor throughout. Director Phil Alden (Field of Dreams, The Sum of All Fears) Robinson has proven that he is no longer suitable to direct feature films, his last one being over a decade ago. Retirement suits him.

Co-stars Mila (That 70s Show, Family Guy) Kunis, Melissa (Prisoners, The Fighter) Leo, Peter (Game of Thrones, X-Men: Days of Future Past) Dinklage, and Hamish (The Crazy Ones, 42) Linklater phone in their roles, which would be forgettable if they weren't all so unlikable. And James Earl (The Lion King, the Star Wars series) Jones delivers a career-ending performance that should make him ashamed. But though the plot is nonexistent, the jokes are soulless in nature, and the narration pulls at all the wrong emotional strings, Williams truly does shine.

It is too bad that Williams, at the age of 63, took his own life. He would never see this film arrive on DVD. Here's to hoping that his final few performances are better met. A fine actor who took some strange roles, this one, unfortunately, just didn't quite work, despite several fantastically-acted scenes by the late, great, and incomparable Robin Williams.