Henry Altmann (Robin Williams) is an angry man. He keeps a list of everything he hates. It includes just about everything. He has pushed away his wife (Melissa Leo), his son (Hamish Linklater), and his brother (Peter Dinklage).
After going to the doctor to get results from the test, he is seen by Dr. Sharon Gill (Mila Kunis). She tells him that he has a brain aneurysm. And that he will die soon. Henry of course becomes angry and demands to know how long he has to live. Sharon being pressured by Henry, and under her own stress, tells Henry he only has 90 minutes to live. Henry, dealing with his mortality, decides that his last 90 minutes should be spent with family, because that’s what’s important.
He sets out to find his wife and his son and make things right. Sharon, realizing the error in telling Henry he has 90 minutes to live, sets out to find him and try to convince him to go back to the hospital for surgery.
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn is not a comedy. At all. Regardless of the way it was marketed. It was also not a good choice to watch so soon after Robin Williams’ death. In the shadow of it, it became a difficult movie to watch. I can’t even begin to imagine how his costars felt after hearing the news, given the tone and events in the movie. Or his family.
The only “comedy” in the movie revolves around Henry’s anger and constant swearing. This is a shame, given how talented Robin Williams was. He was capable of so much more. He is completely wasted in this movie. Even if you ignore recent events, I don’t know how they thought this was a funny movie.
Perhaps I was too distracted by Williams’ death. I was unable to pay much attention to anyone else in this movie. The story hits a little too close to home. Of course, I never met Williams. But I grew up with him. From Mork & Mindy to his stand up, to his long list of movie credits. This movie only served to drive home the point that we lost someone so talented. I will admit that I shed a fair amount of tears watching his character go through what could be his final minutes.
I recommend skipping The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, at least for now. If you’re looking for a fitting tribute to honor Robin Williams, pick almost any of his other movies. This movie will leave you feeling the need to watch one of his funnier movies to pick you up a bit.
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