Retro Review: The Angriest Man in Brooklyn

Submitted by Indiebizliz on January 9, 2016 - 5:45am


I am a New Yorker. Filter gone, I admit it. If you walk into the subway car I am exiting, before I am safely on the platform, you are going to hear all about it. Rude. That being said, only two times in my life have I been so angry that my entire body was shaking. I cannot imagine what it is like to experience that rage on a daily basis.

In a new film, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, Robin Williams plays Henry Altmann. Two years after the death of one of his sons, Altmann’s rage has him on the literal edge of death. His fill-in doctor, Sharon Gill (Mila Kunis), tells him that he has been diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. When he aggressively presses her for “How much time do I have?!”, she panics. “90 minutes!”

THE ANGRIEST MAN IN BROOKLYN will be opening in theaters nationwide (NYC THEATER-AMC Empire 25) and on demand May 23, 2014

Altmann plans out his final minutes with precision only to find that making amends is not so easy. The damage has been done. Immediately regretting her decision to make up an for Henry, Sharon decides to follow him. She is always mere moments behind his trail, and has the task of sharing the news with his family, one by one. The race is on to find Henry and get him the treatment he so desperately needs.

This dark comedy also stars Melissa Leo as Williams’ neglected wife, Hamish Linklater as his remaining son, and Peter Dinklage as his brother and law partner. Leo is excellent as the fragile shell of what used to be a happy woman in a successful marriage. Linklater is honest and heartfelt in his avoidance of his father’s apparent disapproval. Dinklage is a gem. His gentle spirit glows on screen and I, personally, could watch him act all day long. Kunis is on fire this year. This role is funny and touching, and Kunis treats it like a therapy session, working through the character’s faults with elegance. Williams is a master. Much darker than his usually lovable roles. His anger is palpable and as you watch you are genuinely concerned with his well-being. He nails every beat.

Based on a Assi Dayan’s film “The 92 Minutes of Mr Baum”, director Phil Alden Robinson, has created his own wonderful incarnation. With New York as the backdrop, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn is wholly relatable and beautifully shot. The moments of tension are equally matched with laughs and heart.

Liz Whittemore, writer for stage, screen and general musings. Favorite movies include The Princess Bride, The Goonies, and Labyrinth. Follow on Twitter @Liz_Whittemore.