Holy Tim Burton, Batman!
I said that in my review of Batman that I'd remembered Burton's Batman films as feeling more Tim Burton, less Batman. Like a Tim Burton original that just happened to feature a caped crusader who dressed up as a bat. That's not entirely true with the original Batman, but good lord is it true…
Robot & Frank is a sweet little film, combining some realistic sci-fi elements with the grounded themes of aging and memory. It stars Frank Langella, playing one of cinema's favorite tropes, the cranky but sympathetic old man. The rest of the cast is filled with familiar faces in Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, and Jeremy Sisto, with Peter Saarsgard providing the voice of the titular robot.…
The idea to take a creatively stalled and uninteresting series which somehow managed four films with the world's most boring characters and a plot that collectively amount to "hey, cars are cool, aren't they?" and change that into an exciting, intriguing, fast-paced heist series that uses its obsession with cars to its advantage was probably the greatest stroke of genius of 2011.
The characters don't get much development, but did you expect/want them to? Justin Lin and crew know where…