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Friday, October 10, 2014

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (written by: Daniel Taplitz & Assi Dayan; directed by: Phil Alden Robinson)

Some people have bad days. Henry Altmann has one every day. Always unhappy and angry at the world including everyone in it, Henry sits impatiently at the doctor's office when he is finally seen by Dr. Sharon Gill. Sharon, who is enduring her own bad day, reveals that Henry has a brain aneurysm. This news makes Henry even angrier, yelling at Sharon he demands to know how much time he has left. Faced with Henry's anger and insults, Sharon abruptly tells him he has only 90 minutes. Shocked and reeling by this news, Henry storms out of the office leaving Sharon stunned by what she has just done in a lapse of judgement. As Sharon goes on a city-wide search, Henry struggles with his diagnosis, determined to make amends with everyone he has hurt in his life.

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.

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