Friday, October 10, 2014
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (written by: Daniel Taplitz & Assi Dayan; directed by: Phil Alden Robinson)
Starring: Robin Williams, Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, Melissa Leo, Hamish Linklater, James Earl Jones, Richard Kind, Jerry Adler
Why I loved this film: 'The angriest man in Brooklyn' stars Robin Williams as a dying man, given 90 minutes to live, running around acting like a crazy nut, trying, with varying degrees of success, to make amends for some of life's big mistakes. In the wake of Robin Williams' suicide, the film takes on a life and meaning that no one involved could have imagined. There is an attached melancholy to proceedings as we watch Williams, playing Henry Altmann, indulge in the type of profanity, over the top, angry insults that we will remember him for, all with the certain knowledge that Henry's actions, like Williams' performance, are amongst the last things this man will do.
At the end of the film, Henry's loved ones are left, as we are, in a state of mourning, when all we can do is pay tribute, share memories, and remember with laughter a life that ended far sooner and more abruptly than we had time to process. A life that touched us in a way that no other can compare. 'The Angriest Man in Brooklyn' unwittingly captures what all of us were feeling on August 11th, 2014. And for that reason, if no other, it needs to be watched.