For a while Robin Williams was king of the box-office in mostly family films and then he shifted focus delivering some great chilling performances, but then sort of faded away. With his latest return to TV in his new series he seems to be making a comeback and his latest film The Angriest Man in Brooklyn looks to keep the momentum going. The film sports a great supporting cast including Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, Melissa Leo, and James Earl Jones, but does it have the story to back it up?
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn follows a man who is always unhappy and angry at the world and everyone in it. While at the doctors waiting impatiently for the doctor’s prognosis he begins yelling at her, but what he doesn’t know is she is having her own bad day. After a flurry of insults she loses it and tells him he only as 90 minutes left to live which sends him storming out on a journey to make a mends with everyone in his life he has hurt and her on a journey to find him. This film continues a direction Williams has been going in his last few films and that’s a good thing. He has stopped with the silly over the top goofy roles and taken on more that showcase some drama as well as bit more depth. This one isn’t one the stronger ones he has had come along in a while, but it still works on some level. Sure it is a pretty much by the numbers story, but the direction they go with the characters and the actors playing them help to elevate it to a level more than it might have otherwise. Sure the story is filled with so many issues regarding legalities and realism on some level, if you can look past those and just take in the message it actually works. Williams looks to be all in with this role and does a great job allowing himself to be reigned in while letting loose from time to time. The rest of the cast step up and do a good job rounding out their roles, but Kunis is the only one really given all that much to do outside of Williams.
While this film isn’t breaking any molds or even delivering anything all that new, it does manage to entertain. It’s always good to see Williams do his thing especially when it seems like he is enjoying the role. There are a ton of straight to video movies with great casts coming straight to video with few of them delivering anything all that enjoyable, but thankfully this one brings just enough heart and star power to make it worth checking out.