The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) Review

Henry Altmann’s life is a bad day and he is constantly angry in everything that he does. When he is told by a doctor that he only has 90 minutes to live he sets out to make everything right with his family, but has he left it too late?

I think this film has just appeared on Netflix UK, which means I noticed it yesterday and because it has Robin Williams in it and then the added fact it was the last film he made before he died. I thought it was worth a watch, but I think with the subject matter of his character thinking he only had 90 minutes to live and knowing he had died before this was released really makes it much harder viewing.

That makes it even harder to put this review together, especially as the film was let’s face it pretty damn awful. I’ve said it and had to as I was tempted to switch it off not very far into it as really thought it was pointless viewing. It didn’t really get much better but I decided to persevere until the end. Robin Williams does not look good and cannot really get away with the horrible angry man in my opinion.

Mila Kunis was pretty awful as well, so at least the whole cast and incidents in the film were all as bad as each other. Honestly I know this sounds harsh but if you ever feel the need to watch this one I am sure you will understand where I am coming from. I was very surprised to see quite a high rating on Netflix. But then when looking afterwards 10% on Rotten Tomatoes and 5.7 on IMDb seemed more realistic.

I do understand the points the film was trying to raise in terms of making sure that you appreciate your family and put differences aside as in the end all you have is them. So are little disagreements and arguments really worth it in the long run? What would you want to do if you only had 90 minutes left to live, would you even want to know how long you had left?

I am not really sure about that in all honesty I guess it has the positives and negatives. I will mention that the funniest scene was probably with James Earl Jones, even if it was pretty frustrating at the same time. So I give it only one moment I found funny, the rest of the time I was cringing at it all.

I guess it was just out of the norm and a different type of role for Williams as it tried to bring both his comedic and dramatic roles together as one performance. Which for me did not work in the slightest. I won’t be recommending this film as really did not enjoy it at all. Maybe just too difficult to watch and get into. Anyone else been unlucky enough to give this film a chance?

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4 thoughts on “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) Review

  1. Great review, and I agree, it’s difficult to review it knowing what a talent we have lost. You can’t let that taint your view of the film though.

    It was good cast, wasted in standard clichéd roles, where the highlight of the film is Mila Kunis being f*cked by Louis CK. Every scene is awkward, and the entire film lacks any form of momentum. It had some moments, but most of those moments were ruined by forced yelling and screaming, I really struggle to find anything positive to say about this film.

    Robin Williams is not to blame for this completely below average film.

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