Tuesday, October 25, 2011

One Hour Photo (2002)

Synopsis: Crazed loner in dying industry waxes philosophical on the art of taking pictures as he takes invasive, radical couples therapy a step too far.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Sy ‘the photo guy’ Parrish (Robin Williams) has lovingly developed photographs 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.”

What Did I Learn?: If I ever get married and decide to have an extramarital affair, I don’t think I’ll be taking a whole lot of pictures on the subject.

Really?: 1) Every fucking snapshot on Sy’s wall looked as though it had been taken by a professional photographer – every shot. 2) I’m still unclear as to why Sy photographed the manager’s little girl and had his prints developed in the Sav-Mart, knowing the manager would phone the cops...did he want to get caught, or did the writers need some excuse to start the manhunt?

Rating: More weird and creepy than scary, One Hour Photo is a disturbing companion piece to Robert Putnam’s book, Bowling Alone, and the trend towards living without family or social ties. OHP is not an easy movie to watch – it’s scene after scene of Williams on his own, or interacting in awkward situations, but it’s certainly interesting. 7/10 stars.

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