Robot and Frank

Robot and Frank Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, Peter Sarsgaard, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Jeremy Strong, Jeremy Sisto, Katherine Waterston, Ana Gasteyer

Robot and Frank: an aging jewel thief with dementia strikes up an unlikely relationship with his disability “death machine” robot helper – and re-ignites his criminal career. Frank is a great character; grumpy, witty, cheeky… a hard bunch to juggle and still keep the audience sympathetic. It would have also been too easy for Langella to over-cook his performance, but his chops are superb – it’s best thing I’ve seen him in, and great to see older actors / aging issues at the heart of a movie. Other than the slightly downbeat ending it’s a film that manages to stay charming, enjoyable and amusing for the duration. It’s also rrrrather quirky, but not in a ridiculous way. Surprisingly well-judged for such a pure-bred indie movie.

Score: 8/10

Robot and Frank Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, Peter Sarsgaard, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Jeremy Strong, Jeremy Sisto, Katherine Waterston, Ana Gasteyer,

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8 comments
  1. Completely agree. It’s a film that gives us a view down the road, a view that perhaps isn’t all that far away. A touching and amusing drama with a blend of future sci-fi that we can almost reach out and touch.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Absolutely. Thought it would be good as Langella is usually top, but didn’t expect to like such a concentrated indie film this much.

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  2. Good summary and review, I really been wanting to see this for a while now! Meant to be a real good watch as you said, hopefully it won’t be too long till I do.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      It’s on Netflix now, and DVD is already pretty cheap so well worth hunting down either approach.

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  3. Great review bud. Looks delightful and Frank Langella is an old-school acting don.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      True, although he’s had a few shaky moments with shit films like The Box lately. This is a career-defining role. Top marks for FL.

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  4. Good review. It’s sweet and pretty timely, considering i could definitely see something like this happening. I mean the robots watching over elders, not an old guy getting a robot to commit heists with him.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Only problem is that after this being released – all Robo-companies will no doubt build in law-abiding software :(

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