"The genius of Robin Williams, is that he was able to go from hysterically funny to dead pan seriousness seamlessly"
This was a hard review to write, just weeks after the tragic passing of Robin Williams, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, one of his final films graced my desk and it was bitter sweet; on the one hand I knew that I was about to watch one of his final performances and on the other I wished it wasn't the case, since no matter what, Robin Williams was a constant throughout my childhood, as is the case for most of us.
With that in mind and watching this film, I have to say that The Angriest Man in Brooklyn is wonderful, some may think that's bias because I'm a self proclaimed fan of Robin, but it's really not the case, I'd be saying it's wonderful regardless of the fact that he's no longer with us.
So we are introduced to Henry Altmann (Williams) an angry man who is going about his daily routine, when he is hit by a taxi and has an altercation with the driver, he then enters the hospital where he meets Dr. Sharon Gill (Mila Kunis) whee, after waiting for two hours, he is given the devastating news that he has a brain aneurysm and in haste Dr. Gill tells him he has ninety minutes to live, what follows is a series of events that are both touching and hilarious.
The genius of Robin Williams, is that he was able to go from hysterically funny to dead pan seriousness seamlessly, and in this film he is no different; switching between rants to serious moments within the same scene, and whilst Williams is definitely the stand out here, his support cast are no slouches with the talents of Kunis (Meg Griffin in Family Guy), with her fleshed out character arc, she's equally as funny and angry.
Melissa Leo plays his wife Bette and Peter Dinklage plays his brother Aaron, they're both fantastic but it is the cameo from James Earl Jones as Ruben the stuttering store clerk that had me in stitches; his interplay with Williams was fantastic!
Filmmaker Phil Alden Robinson has done a fantastic job with this film, it is well paced from start to finish, and there are some POV narrations from Williams and Kunis that really work well in the film; some may think of them as meaningless exposition, but for me, they helped the story along.
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn is a triumph, I'm glad I got to see it, however I do wish it received the cinematic run that it deserved, it's witty, funny, heart felt and at the heart of it is a story of a man trying to reconnect with his son, it tackles a serious subject with humour and heart in a similar way to 50/50.