Yet another one of my Top 5 Film Picks coming through. This film was exactly what I was hoping for: witty, funny, meaningful, enlightened and brilliantly acted by Frank Langella. The film takes a high concept premise and a character driven plot and turns it into a wonderfully executed experience.

The Players:

  • Director: Jake Schreier
  • Screenwriter: Christopher Ford
  • Producers: Galt Niederhoffer, Sam Bisbee, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Lance Acord
  • Cinematographer: Matthew Lloy
  • Cast: Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Peter Saarsgard

The Good:

    • The World: They were able to take a high concept idea and relate it to a world that we could all make perfect sense of. One not too far in the future to make the concept seem like a science-fiction premise, but with enough twists to make it new and inventive.
    • The Comedy: Subtle yet strong, and highly effective when used, the comedy in this film was well timed and executed. It helped to add to the drama of the film and the flow of the story, and added some surprisingly fun and light moments in the film.
    • Frank: The character and the actor, both were wonderful. The character was well rounded and fun to watch, and Langella as always gave a powerful performance that had me both laughing and crying.
    • The Robot: The design was well executed and Peter Saarsgard was perfect for the voice. His voice was a slight throw back to 2001, with a little bit of that possibly malicious tone of the robot in Moon.
    • Heart/Wit: The film does a wonderful job of always keeping these two things in balance, so that you never feel like it’s melodramatic nor a straight out comedy. It’s a lovely dramedy.

The So-So:

  • Storyline: There was one aspect of the story-line, that would have taken the film into more a detective/unexpected hero story, which seemed interesting, but was never fully fleshed out. This didn’t hurt the film, but did leave me wondering what was happening with one of the supporting characters that seemed to be driving our lead.

Overall:

Great movie, finely made and well worth seeing if you’re at the fest or hopefully when it hits theaters later this year!

Rating: 8.5/10