Man of the Year Reviews
The usually crass and bombastic Robin Williams is so genteel and streamlined as the television news comedian turned presidential candidate. He's even a bit of a stud when Eleanor Green enters the picture. He and Laura Linney seem to have good chemistry, perhaps by virtue of Linney's not-necessarily-loving but definitely-tension-filled gaze. Her drug-induced breakdown is quite alarming, going from 0 to 60 and back with her different intonations of "I've got it. I've got it! I'VE GOT IT! ... I've got it."
On a lark, this late-night talk show host decides to run for office. Amazingly, he gets elected. Williams, in all his looniness, comes across as a likable guy. It?s always a pleasure to see stuffed-shirt posturing lose out to common sense in a debate.
President Speak: "Politicians are a lot like diapers. They should be changed frequently, and for the same reason."
Otherwise, what presented it self as a comedy turned more into a drama about messed up election counts.
Good for polititians, but, not so good for anyone who does not like almost pure Dialogue. (Its seriously the only thing that is funny in this movie).
I might be wrong, but im willing to bet the people behind the creation of this movie was all from the democratic party.
Starring: Robin Williams, Christopher Walken, Laura Linney, Jeff Goldblum.
Lets stat a few things first....before this film was released, everyone saw the film as comedy because of the way it was marketed....once the film was released, it was mistreated by a lot of critics and viewers saying how the film had 'false advertising', now I will agree to some extent that yes, that is true but is the world truly still that stupid? People should know that trailers are made by completely different people to the filmmakers, hense why there are great movies out there with bad trailers and vice versa, so it should be obvious now that you should not judge a movie by its trailer.....but also false advertising is everywhere in the world and you don't see anyone moaning about that.....weight loss machines that say "Lose 10 pounds in days", toothpaste ads saying that there product WILL make your teeth whiter compared to 'other products'. So you can just see how stupid the world really is, when they moan about a film being false advertised, yet they will buy these other products, find out there false and then.....not complain. Now that my point is across, down to my review (SOME MINOR SPOILERS)...
I did go into this film with an open mind, due to everything I just said and I came out more then satisfied and very surprised. Now I will stat the bad things first....there are some flaws in the story, one example is how is it that a billion+ people in the world didn't see a possible glitch with the final polling results and only one person did? And also the film does try to aim for many genres and as a whole can be seen as a bit 'genre confused'.....but no one can deny that all this sections of the film are actually brilliant. Barry Levinson, although I have only seen his recent crap and not his old classics, he surprised me here and showed that he is back in form, he covers romance, political drama, thriller and comedy very well, aside from the romantic sub-plot, the political ideas covered are extremely thoughtful, well written and very true, the thrills keep you slightly on the edge of your seat during the second quarter and the comedy is sharp, full of charm and very funny....and the latter is all thanks to Robin Williams. Not since Mrs Doubtfire has he been at his very best....to be honest, I think it was his best, with some of the humour obviously being improvised and full of charm and sharp wit.....and truth.
To me, the film succeeded all my expectations, there are some flaws with the story and also.......well read the top half of my review and you'll know my other thoughts. Underrated.