Robot & Frank (2012)
Critic Consensus: Led by a brilliant performance from star Frank Langella, Robot & Frank works as both a quirky indie drama and as a smart, thoughtful meditation on aging.
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One of the few movies I've seen where the future is not a dystopic nightmare, 3D-generated phantasmagoria, or otherwise unbelievable peek into a not-too-distant hellworld.
While the premise certainly makes it stand out from the sea of dysfunctional family dramas, a cute idea alone doesn't quite cut it.
A slightly futuristic treatise on aging, family and the pitfalls of mechanical screenwriting.
Christopher D. Ford's seamless screenplay provides a light-comedy vehicle that Langella rides to a satisfyingly original, epiphanic finale.
Audience Reviews for Robot & Frank
When we first began considering the possibility of artificial intelligence in film most usually it was of an antagonistic variety, i.e. HAL in Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Most recently the idea being floated around is that we, in fact, come to be amorously predisposed to that which we invent ("It reminds me of somebody...") as in Ex Machina or Her. In that vein comes Frank Langella's moving portrayal of a senior resistant to technology who comes to feel quite differently in time. Highly recommended. Great stuff by all involved. Superior.
A former jewel thief in denial of his memory lapses is forced to live with a health care robot (not an inflatable one) who unwittingly becomes his accomplice in chasing the illicit burglary thrills that once landed the thief in the slammer but nevertheless gave meaning to his life.
Robot is rather cute in its na´ve approach to the world, but I find it hard to believe that the programmers didn't give him more common sense. The cold social interactions between Robot and the older biblio model, Mr. Darcy, are quite hilarious, and Susan Sarandon makes a nerdy/sexy librarian. The estranged father/son relationship as played by Frank Langella and James Marsden is compelling, but the human vs. robot rights debate broached by Liv Tyler's daughter character doesn't really go anywhere.
"Robot & Frank" will be one of the most simplistic films you will ever see, set in the near future, but it does a lot with the premise given and you feel fulfilled at the end. I do wish the films running time was a tad longer to explain some things a little more in detail, but those are very minor issues inside a pretty flawless picture. Frank Lengela is fantastic in this role, making you truly believe that he has become best friends with a robot, and his son and daughter played by Liv Tyler and James Marsden are also great. Set in the near future, a robot is brought to an old man who is showing early signs of alzheimers and he uses him to rob neighbours homes and discover dirty secrets about new people in his neighbourhood. This is a very low-budget film that uses costumes for the robot, and I loved every bit of that. This is one of the best films to come from 2012. "Robot and Frank" has a few issues here and there, but it is otherwise terrific!
Robot & Frank Quotes
|Robot:||Warning: Do not molest me.|
|Frank:||Can't you do that super fast?|
|Robot:||Some things take time, Frank.|
|Robot:||You should not drink those, Frank. It is not good for gout.|
|Frank:||I don't have gout.|
|Robot:||You do not have gout. Yet.|
|Robot:||Warning: Do not molest me!|
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