Thursday, March 12, 2009

Movie Review: House of D

This film is about an American artist living in Paris who is trying to make sense of his troubled adult life by reflecting upon his childhood. There is a flashback to Greenwich Village in 1973, as thirteen-year-old Tommy (Anton Yelchin) is on the brink of becoming a man. While his grieving single mother (Tea Leoni) mourns the death of his father, Tommy escapes grief by causing trouble at school and making afternoon deliveries with his best friend Pappas (Robin Williams), a mentally challenged janitor. Following the romantic advice offered by Lady (Erykah Badu) - incarcerated in the infamous New York Women's House of Detention for shadowy reasons - Tommy experiences his first taste of love. Yet when an unexpected tragedy radically alters his world, Tommy must take a life-defining choice - one that will compel the adult Tom Warshaw, thirty years later, to confront his unfinished past. I loved most of this movie but felt that the ending fell flat. Its hard to watch Robin Williams and believe he is anyone other than Robin Williams... his real character shines thru every film character he plays. This could have been a better film if someone other than Mr. Williams played the part of Pappas. Anton Yelchin is a remarkable young actor and you felt this kids pain. I give it 3 stars.