Jakob the Liar Reviews
Robin Williams may be too young for the part. Didn't realise movie was over 15 years old. Made on the heels of Life Is Beautiful.
Poignant scene in which Robin Williams talks a Jewish barber down from hanging himself.
Has its funny moments.
I liked that Robin Williams was protecting a girl throughout the film and was able to keep his promise to protect her.
It was about the pros and cons to tell lies to keep a good moral. I liked the camera angles.
I liked one of the scenes where camera was rotating around Robin Williams and we saw quickly hints of the ghettos of the Jewish Holocaust.
I liked the film.
I thought this film shows a great idea in showing the positives in a negative situation with the darkest and gloomiest of times.
Coming in this was a much funnier film than I had expected.
I liked the scene where Robin Williams character tried to act and do radio sounds and impersonations of Winston Churchill for the girl.
I love Robin Williams, always have, always will and I would watch any film this man was in. Admittedly though, this isn't his best film which is unfortunate because Robin Williams was one of those rare talents who could play comedic and dramatic role with equal zest, but this film highlighted neither of his acting skills. Although in this film, his role demanded both his comedic and dramatic skills, his performances were both so sterile, it just didn't sparkle. This film also had some really great character actors too: Alan Arkin (Mr. Frankfurter), Michael Jeter (Avron) and Bob Balaban (Kowalsky) who gave superb performances but were still so underutilized. Liev Schreiber (Mischa) was great enough and even as good as he was, his performance was still a little underrated. Overall, the film wasn't heavy especially being that the setting and the subject has to do with one of the darkest times in human history. The actors were good and each of their performances great enough but they were as brilliant as they could have been; the film could have been so much better, the potential was there, but it just went unrealized.
I really enjoyed this movie. The storyline was fresh and very well directed and all of the actors made the film seem real and intense. It was amazing how a little lie, spiralled completely out of control and changed many people's life's. It brought hope to many people at a time when no one had any happiness in there life's. When everyone demands to see this radio, that completely didn't exist, Robin Williams lies get out of hand, to the point were it ends up destroying life's and causes trouble with his friends and love ones. You can't help feeling sorry for the main character who started out with good intentions but he really couldn't forsee the problems that the lie would cause. Anyway, the mixed emotions throughout the movie was very well thought through and really entertaining. I know that I'm a bit late with seeing this film, but I'm glad that I added it to my rental list because it would have been a shame if it passed me by. Enjoyable!
This is yet another movie which shows Robin Williams in a different light. He used his comedic talent to bring a form of light to a terrible situation and the chemistry between all of the characters was brilliant. It seemed like all of the actors were long time friends which is why the film seemed so real. It might be the delicate subject matter, why the movie really bombed at the box office, or it might be the distribution which needed some more money behind it, but it is definitely under rated and it deserves a re-release after his sad passing.
Domestic Gross: $5million (Terrible!)
I recommend this movie to people who are into there intense drama/comedies lie that spirals completely out of control and ends up destroying life's. 7/10
VERDICT: "In The Zone" - [Mixed Reaction] These kinds of movies are usually movies that had some good things, but some bad things kept it from being amazing. This rating says buy an ex-rental or a cheap price of the DVD to own. If you consider cinema, ask for people's opinion on the film. (Films that are rated 2.5 or 3 stars)