The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)


Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Made me angry.

Who doesn’t love Robin Williams? Sure he’s a little over-the-top in real life during his interviews, but his movies are usually phenomenal. Even if they aren’t, at least he’s a real treat to watch in practically anything he ever does. He is honestly one of the greats, and I’ll probably always watch him in anything…but The Angriest Man in Brooklyn really kind of set me off as far as his movies go. The trailer looked really funny with a great concept…but the movie itself…I don’t know. It won’t make me stop watching Robin Williams, but I at least have to warn my fellow movie fans.

The film is about, well, apparently the angriest man in Brooklyn, Henry Altmann. After his son died years ago, he’s just very sour towards everything around him and sometime in the past he pushed his loving family away. On a routine visit to the doctor’s office, he is met by Dr. Sharon Gill filling in for his normal doctor. She tells him that his brain scans show an aneurism. Obviously, he asks Dr. Gill how long he has to live, and pushes her for an answer until she finally relents and comes up with a number off the top of her head, “90”. Not 90 years, not 90 months, not even 90 days or hours…but 90 minutes. So throughout the movie, Henry Altmann tries to rush his sudden onset of a conscience and get through that short bucket list.

No wonder why he’s the angriest man in Brooklyn…this movie is kind of a boresville and would make anyone angry. With respect to Robin Williams, I fully understand why he accepted the role. The concept alone is very cool. You have 90 minutes to live…what do you do? Coincidentally, the movie is also 90 minutes which technically makes this movie real time, which is always a blast. However, the conveyance of real time isn’t the best…seeing how you can’t really tell anyways. I feel like I know what they were technically going for, but just failed in their execution.

I’m mostly upset at the sense of humor and thought it was quite cheap. At first, I couldn’t tell what they were going for, but then it occurred to me, they just want to make Robin Williams swear as much as humanly possible because that’ll make people gasp and laugh at the same time…thing is, as good of an actor that Williams is, for some reason or other, this performance wasn’t even remotely believable. I think it was purposefully overdone for a more colorful performance, but in the end, it didn’t feel like it matched up with anything else. Only Robin Williams and Mila Kunis were over-the-top actors while everyone else was genuinely acting serious, and worrying about his health condition. Trust me when I say it felt lopsided and inconsistent.

For the most part, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn actually had a lot of potential, because that is quite an interesting concept, and I really think Robin WIlliams would be great in a role where they did it right…but this time…this time was just kind of sad. The laughs were no where to be found. Instead, we’re just left confused about how we should feel…it was weird.

The Good:

Definitely the concept. The concept was really good. The whole idea about living the last hour and a half of your life really does make you think, and it also elevates the whole carpe diem thing…if done right.

The Bad:

Where they decided to take the concept. Seriously, there’s very little good to be seen here. The clashing personalities between the obviously over-the-top angry Robin Williams and his very serious family was especially nerve wracking.


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