Monday, 25 August 2014

Man of the Year Review









Man of the Year


Release Date: 1st March 2007 - Australia


Production Companies
Universal Pictures
Morgan Creek Productions

Distribution
Universal Pictures Australia


Genre: Drama

Rating: M

Runtime: 115 minutes


Budget: $20,000,000

Box Office Gross: $41,237,658
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
A comedian who hosts a 
news satire program 
decides to run for president, 
and a computerized voting 
machine malfunction gets 
him elected.


Cast
Robin Williams - Tom Dobbs
Laura Linney - Eleanor Green
Christopher Walken - Jack
Menken
Lewis Black - Eddie Langston
Jeff Goldblum - Stewart
Doug Murray - Mathias
Rick Roberts - Hemmings

Crew
Writer/Director - Barry Levinson
Producer - James G. Robinson
Production Designer - Stefania Calla
Costume Designer - Delphine White
Director of Photography - Dick Pope
Film Editors - Blair Daily and
Steven Weisberg
Music - Graeme Revell


Review
Prior to glimpsing the new Marvel movie GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (click here), the shocking news of Robin Williams' death inspired me to review some of the movie masterpieces. I have not had the privilege of viewing many of Robin's films, so I decided to start by watching MAN OF THE YEAR. It is with regret to mention that this film does not pay a tribute to Robin's versatile acting. Not one of Robin's very best nor sentimental or the very funniest, it is boring to the point where you just want the movie to end so that you can escape the exhaustive two hours of slow moving and dry political drama comedy. Barry Levinson had not done anything for a long time with Williams since 1992's TOYS which failed at the box office. Even the plot of MAN OF THE YEAR evolves into stupidity and pointlessness while trying to be a political dramatic comedy.

On the other hand, we have actors who were not trying their hardest such as Christopher Walken who did not demonstrate his usual sleek, witty and classy style. I didn't see Jeff Goldblum until I found out he was one of the supporting actors, mostly his performance just felt underused.

Movies that I find like MAN OF THE YEAR are deserved to be thrashed. It feels so politically correct, not politically funny or endearing. It did not dare to push the boundaries or relive the Levinson's golden ages he pulled off with Williams in GOOD MORNING VIETNAM. I will be reviewing OLD DOGS next and please feel free to leave feedback on the comment tab below.

Star rating: (2/10) Bad Movie


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