Si is a lonely man with no relatives or friends, who becomes
obsessed with a family through camera prints he processes
regularly whilst working at a one hour photo booth in a department
store. When he learns via somebody else's prints that the
man is having an affair, Si takes matters into his own hands...
let me say that I'm not a fan of Robin Williams. In my opinion,
he's one of those actors who is stuck in a single enactment
of weakness and compassion, in the same manner that Jim Carey
can only do manic comedy. Having said all that, Williams pulls
off a faultless performance and certainly the most natural
since his fun-filled early start in Mork and Mindy.
In fact, he carries the film, convincing me it would be nothing
without him. I actually felt genuinely sympathetic towards
the character who, with the best of intentions, goes about
things the wrong way.
the conclusion of the film we discover just why Si considers
happy families to be so important. The revelation comes as
a throw-away line, but it puts all the movie's motives in
perspective. It's not the tightest script in the world. There's
no outright resolution. The tale simply comes to an end without
the audience discovering how the characters are affected,
but it is compelling in its own way.
hour photo is among those many films which lose much of their
power after one viewing, so my advice would be to take the
rental option, or await its obligatory airing on Channel 5.
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