Oct 222006

Man of The YearOn a lark, the host of a late-night political talk show (Williams) decides to run for president. The thing is, he never expected to win.

Directed by
Barry Levinson

Drama, Romance, Thriller

Robin Williams, Christopher Walken, Laura Linney, Lewis Black, Jeff Goldblum, David Alpay, Faith Daniels, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Doug Murray

Saw this movie yesterday afternoon at the mall here in San Antonio. The theater was small, and there might have been 20 people there.

Although there are quite a few funny lines, it is more of a drama/suspense with humor sprinkled on top. Robin Williams gives a decent performance as does Laura Linney. Being a Daily Show fan, Lewis Black is pretty good in this. Christopher Walken gives a good performance also.

The movie starts out slow and remains that way for about the first thirty minutes, then the suspense part kicks in and starts keeping you a little on edge for a bit. Then there is a big lull in the middle of the movie that makes it really drag.?Suspense in a supposed comedy movie? I know that I, as well as everybody else in the place, was struggling a bit with this. A character would crack a joke during suspense sequence and you would hear just one or two laughs in the theater.

I think the movie was about two hours long, but it could have been shortened by about 20 minutes. You have to like Robin Williams and his humor in this. There is a societal message here, but try as he might, the director can’t it through strongly enough because of the comedy aspect of the movie.

I gave this movie a five out of ten, because I believe the comedy aspect doesn’t work very well in a suspense/drama movie and the actors performances, while not bad, were just decent.

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