Monday, July 15, 2013

The Fisher King

stars3_zps85f66ecb photo stars3_zps900bf54b.jpg Imdb synopsis: A former radio DJ, suicidally despondent because of a terrible mistake he made, finds redemption in helping a deranged homeless man who was an unwitting victim of that mistake.

Mr. E and I are unsure about exactly how we feel about this movie. For one thing, it was very 90's...for another, seeing Jeff Bridges play anything but The Dude is strange. But we stuck through it to get to the end and overall enjoyed the movie

This movie was pretty run of the mill- it had some interesting elements to it: production design for Robin Williams and his living space, the careful tread between reality and insanity. The acting was really good but I thought they focused too much on Jeff Bridges in the beginning to the point where the movie didn't really start until much later than it should have.

I liked the themes of the movie, the accountability in this technological world where there is no accountability, the avoidance of permanence and of stability, and the desire to look for meaning in life even when it's not part of the accepted societal bounds.

Robin Williams was kind of a diamond in the rough in this movie. You don't really see him do serious very often and even though his character was amusing, it wasn't focused on his comedic antics. So he could sit naked in Central Park and it worked for him. Even if I didn't really want to see Peter Pan in all his glory (sorry, childhood).

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