Nolen is perhaps the best cinema director of the history of cinema's 50-year history. Here is my personal cannonical rankling…
One Hour Photo
The things that we fear the most have already happened to us...
Sy "the photo guy" Parrish has lovingly developed photos for the Yorkin family since their son was a baby. But as the Yorkins' lives become fuller, Sy's only seems lonelier, until he eventually believes he's part of their family. When "Uncle" Sy's picture-perfect fantasy collides with an ugly dose of reality, what happens next "has the spine-tingling elements of the best psychological thrillers!"
This is possibly one of the best depictions of a sociopath I've ever seen.
Romanek's film is an intriguing study of the world of a man who does not really have an identity, but finds gratification of his own life in that of others. What makes this film so unsettling is the way Williams portrays him. He really manages to bring across a sense of realness that is truly amazing to watch. His slow descent into his own fantasy intermixed with the real world problems of his targets is paced and structured beautifully.
Romanek is a visual director. He does things in One Hour Photo with colours that are breathtaking to behold. He uses them with strong, bold strokes and…
I've heard people argue that loneliness is the primary sickness of Western society, and they might be onto something. In this technological age we're more connected than we've ever previously been, and via a dozen different portals, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Yet somehow many of us feel (at one time or another) disconnected, stifled, uncertain and isolated. That old expression about feeling alone in a crowded room has never been a more appropriate sentiment than in an age saturated with virtual stimuli and ever-diminishing attention spans.
Like another excellent film that tackles this subject, Notes On A Scandal, One Hour Photo is about a fixation borne out of loneliness. Sy is a solitary middle-aged shadow who…
And if these pictures have anything important to say to future generations, it's this: I was here. I existed. I was young, I was happy, and someone cared enough about me in this world to take my picture.
It's a long way from this debut to Mark Romanek's much better second feature, but those lines just as easily could have been plucked from Alex Garland's screenplay for NEVER LET ME GO. (Each in their own ways are tales of misfit toys seeking transcendence through their "art.") Romanek's astute eye juxtaposes the stark, Kubrickian sterility of SavMart with the warmer hues of the Yorkin home and the dim drabness of Sy's lonely place, and Robin Williams' performance subtly darts across this…
THIS REVIEW HAS SPOILERS.
One of the great qualities of Robin Williams is his ability to keep surprising us. Yes, his off-screen act seems to be a repetitive act of doing the same schtick over and over, but in the movies, he always takes chances. For me, there's never been a bigger risk to one actor than his performance in "One Hour Photo." Williams plays Sy Parrish, a bland, smiling salesman at a one hour photomat that occupies the corner of one of those vast Mega-marts where you can buy everything from toothpaste to radial tires. As a human being he's pretty forgettable. He is just another face mixed into the tapestry of your busy day. You do your business…
In all his kids-friendly movies I always thought Robin Williams was a little creepy, making the decision to cast him as the depressed, psychological train-wreck with sociopathic tendencies a stroke of genius. It seems almost as if he was born to play this role and the acclaim he received for his portrayal of Sy is entirely justified as he is creepy and unnerving right from the beginning and not once made me feel comfortable. Through fantasies he expresses his wish and need to be part of a family and for that he chose the rather rich family of Michael Vartan to project himself into. His work as a photo finisher allows him to know a lot more about said family…
Most people don't take snapshots of the little things. The used Band-Aid, the guy at the gas station, the wasp on the Jell-O. But these are the things that make up the true picture of our lives. People don't take pictures of these things.
A beautifully calibrated script which hits moments of genuine cinematic virtuosity. Romanek, having cut his teeth on the music video scene for over a decade prior to this feature clearly has a hungry to create the best feature he could muster. His direction is slick and though I felt the family dynamic and a couple of peripheral characters took away from the movie's plausibility, Robin Williams gives what might be his most heart-breaking performance. The victim…
All molested children are sociopaths. Noted.
robin williams plays an AMAZING creepy guy. this film had me cringing from secondhand embarrassment/awkwardness at times, but it was only because of the amazing performance robin williams delivered throughout the whole thing. to think this man played off his funny guy persona (which definitely fit him) when this performance literally might outshine the rest of his other performances.. wish i could see more from him :(
Did it fulfill its aim? 7/10
Robin Williams is brilliant in this film, he plays a role I've never seen him in, although apart from him and one of the policemen characters the rest were pretty weak. The plot was very interesting although certain things were left unanswered. The direction was good and it moved well from scene to scene. It's a thriller film and there were definitely a few moments where I was shocked and surprised. Definitely didn't see the end explanation coming.
Robin Williams is phenom in the character. Cannot believe he is a humorous guy. He's very apt for the role.
There was a thrilling, scary element all throughout though Williams' intention was to totally help the family.
The climax photo was a complete shocker, he was great in every shot. The music was brilliant, the angles were great. Loved it.
It's hard to describe One Hour Photo in simple terms because, in my opinion, it's a film deserving of deeper analysis than it's been afforded. There's a lot going on underneath the surface, and there is an incredibly interesting social critique bubbling beneath Sey's generally calm demeanor.
This is my second time seeing this film (first time logging it) and this time I was especially tantalized by the near Kubrickian level of sterility in most images. The store Sey works in is completely white, the clothes he wears are generally white with a shock of blue (both in his uniform and his slightly-too-large bag he carries). His apartment is white, except for his photo wall, the hotel walls and bathroom…
Ew. I feel like I desperately need a shower. Fantastic performances a really good score and an overall great told story. 4.5/5
I would agree with a bunch of people that this is more or psychological horror drama than a thriller. A very haunting and creepy film of a lonely man stalking a suburban family and obsessing over the photos he processes for people all the time. The direction, the acting, the score and my God, Robin Williams...man oh man. Not one second I was bored. Every minute was so haunting and creepy. This may be an unpopular opinion, but this is my fave performance of Williams...yes more than Good Will. This is a MUST SEE. Oh boy...
Arguably this film is horror film rather than a psychological thriller is because the thought of a lonely man wanting a family of his own is rather scary, disturbing and sad. One Hour Photo is a haunting and sorrowful film with wonderful creep factor and has arguably Robin Williams best role of his career. One Hour Photo just shows true horror of loneliness.
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