|Ow. Yellow. It burns.|
|"Hehe, he's all covered in- I mean, consumerism and government and...something."|
|*insert racist Asian joke here*|
If you ever wondered what that concept would be like if it was stretched over the course of an entire film and replaced the town idiot with an elderly shut-in in the early stages of dementia, then your worryingly specific request has been granted by Robot and Frank, a relatively low budget slow-paced, sort-of-sci-fi drama featuring Frank Langella. You might know him better as the one who wasn't the TV presenter in Frost/Nixon or the guy with half a face in the hastily excised haemorrhoid that I've mentioned previously, The Box. God, I hated that movie!
|Judging by his performance, I assume his character also only had half a buttock.|
|This sub-genre needs more robots.|
|Never before has a priceless artefact been so needlessly fondled.|
|"I AM INCONSPICUOUS."|
The robot is, equally so, just a robot, and in many scenes very obviously not a robot. If we would like to go back to my very first comparison, its plainly obvious in parts of the film that the robot is just a person wearing no more that some painted cardboard boxes. Now, it would be impossible to actually use a real robot for the variety and detail of tasks being performed in the movie and still keep a budget under the billions, but did they have to make it so obvious that the whole suit slipped on like a jumper? The blatant falseness of the robot costume, although not a deal breaker, is certainly jarring in a few scenes and definitely takes away from the illusion of a highly sophisticated piece of machinery. That said, Peter Sarsgaard's voice performance as the robot is probably the most convincing piece of acting in the whole movie.
|"I have more talent in one circuit that all of you flesh sacs combined."|
|I have nicer glasses.|
|To bury Frank and save them all the bother.|
|"Dad, why are you masturbating at the cat?"|
|Take from that what you will.|
Overall Ben Equivalence Rating
Watching a Feature-length Honda Advert -
Lots of desaturation, pseudo-advanced technology, robots and a distinct lack of plot.