World’s Greatest Dad – Review

As soon as i began watching this movie I felt the need to fast forward. I didn’t. I held through the acts of complete douchebaggery from an ungratefull little bastard son to his poor father at the beginning of the film and i though… ok 2 hours of this? i wont make it. Thats about the only spoiler ill give you. Because my friend unless you’ve read someones plot summary, you’re in for a treat. This is a wonderful film. I find Robin Williams really annoying. His comedy can be very annoying i mean. But when he gets serious and acts, he is second to none. For the first 20 minutes i swore this was going to be one of those films. You know, those Robin Williams films. It had all the ingredients of the type of film I don’t like. Then the plot got thick. Really thick. Then it twisted some more and made me an accomplice to the Robin Williams character all the way till the end.

The theme of posthumous fame is such an amazing one. Theres something about death that makes whatever we do seem to become more alive and relevant. Wether you’re a self mutilating Dutch painter, an Argentinian rebel aiding the cuban revolution or a young jewish man putting your foot down against an evil empire and the arrogance of an overly dogmatic androcentric religion, if you die you’re set. I guess its got to do with the fact that death puts you straight into permanent freeze. You never age. It is the only thing in the human condition that is eternal. When you’re dead it’s until the end of the universe. Thats pretty impressive. Kind of lame that the only thing we do forever is not be here in the same physical realm.  Not everyone gets posthumous fame. You must have done something pretty special for a religion to be formed in your name and for you to be named a deity a few hundred years after. On the other hand if you’re an ex playmate and you marry a billionaire and your breasts are the size of basketballs and you have a reality show that shows what a pilled up psycobitch you are, youre set for at least a year. Merchandising maybe more.

The thing that impressed me the most about this film were the final credits. And a cameo appearance. But lets stick to the credits. The director of this film is the most unlikely director you can think of. Then again when you see his name and think back at some particular tabu themes addressed in the film and the wonderful acting, and the pace of the film and how amazingly excellent Robin Williams is and how stupid people are when moved by some poor bastards death you find yourself amazed. This was truly a wonderful film that i was in no way expecting to enjoy. Mainly because of Robin Williams and the misleading title. I swore there were going to be 3008958 slapstick moments of stupidity and some dog destroying a house and some lesson and all that copy paste crap. But no, this is a wonderful experience. Difficult and uncomfortable topics of human behaviour are adressed, brutally. So it’s not for the kids at home. But by the end of it you feel like jumping out of a pool but naked.


1 Response to “World’s Greatest Dad – Review”

  1. 1 Jess
    January 15, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    I have never even heard of this movie. I can’t really watch any movies that aren’t on my list, but I will put this on my “post new years resolution” movie list :). Thanks for the great review!

    I love Robin Williams…Did you ever see Patch Adams?

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