Film Review: Robot and Frank

| 15 November , 2012 | Reply

Directed by: Jake Schreier
Written by: Christopher D. Ford
Starring: Peter Sarsgaard, Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Liv Tyler
Sassi’s Star Rating: 4.5/5

It’s the near future. Frank (Frank Langella) lives alone in his remote home in New York.  In his later years, he’s struggling with the day to day and trying to assure his kids, Hunter (James Marsden) and Madison (Liv Tyler), that he’s not losing his memory.  Unfortunately for Frank, he’s not convincing anyone.

When Hunter tires of his father’s constant refusal for help, he sees no option but to get him a carer. To Frank’s dismay, the most reliable and honest assistance Hunter can think of is a robot.

A devote avoider of technology, Frank doesn’t want the robot, and is convinced all he needs in life are his trips to the local library where he can read ‘printed material,’ and try to get a number from the cute librarian Jennifer (Susan Saradon).

Frank’s son, however, is unrelenting, and leaves Frank in the care of Robot. Robot knows everything about Frank. It knows Frank needs to improve his memory, it knows about Frank’s past as a jewel thief, and it knows that healthy meals and regular enemas will improve Frank’s constitution. What Robot doesn’t know, is that stealing is bad. Frank’s memory begins to return as he makes use of the convenient holes in Robot’s programming.

You will fall in love with the cast. Langella is superb and Marsden, Tyler, and Sarandon shine just as well.

Robot, however, is the one you will cheer for. Which is impressive, as Robot is just a jumble of plastic moved and voiced by two separate people. Petite dancer/actress Rachel Mar becomes the physical embodiment of Robot, dealing with over 37 degree heat inside the smothering plastic frame, and the severely reduced vision of the thick black visor. Mar’s robotic movements, and the neutral voice Peter Sarsgaard complete each other – together forming the lovable, mechanical character of Robot.

A surprisingly delightful film, Robot and Frank has won hearts at Sundance and is sure to gain worldwide praise as it hits cinemas.

For a warm film that will make you laugh, smile, and question technology, join Frank as he adapts to Robot.

Robot and Frank is in cinemas now.

Love
Allison

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