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4.0 out of 5 stars Bitter-sweet family drama, character study and buddy movie all at once, December 6, 2012
This review is from: Robot and Frank (DVD)
I saw the movie "Robot & Frank" in the theatre here in Cincinnati in early September. It's taken quite a long time for the DVD release to get listed on Amazon, but here we are finally.

"Robot & Frank" (2012 release, 89 min.) brings the story, set in upstate NY "in the near future" of Frank (played by Frank Langella) who is an ex-con (a "cat burglar" as Frank puts it) in the latter stage of his life when his memory fails him at times. Living alone has become a challenge and one day Frank's son buys him a robot who can be a do-it-all butler for Frank. Then a strange thing happens: after initially resisting the robot as much as possible, Frank discovers he actually likes the robot's help and, even more important, its companionship. Soon thereafter, Frank concots a plan to commit one last heist, with the help of the robot. At that point we are not even half-way into the movie, and to reveal more would certainly ruin your viewing experience. You'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: (i) the movie is a strange mix of a bitter-sweet family drama, character study, buddy movie, and comedy (of course not all at the same time), but the movie finds its own pace and somehow it all works; as a result, and knowing the general premise of the movie going in, I couldn't wait to see what would happen and how it would all end; (ii) speaking of the end of the movie, it came as quite the surprise, and certainly too abrupt for my liking; (iii) this is another great, great performance from Frank Langella, who seems to be getting better with age; (iv) on the contrary, most of the supporting cast, in particular Liv Tayler, felt forced, the one exception being Susan Sarandon as the local librarian. If you are in the mood for something a bit deeper and more personal and human than the latest Avengers or Dark Knight Rises, I would recommend this in a heartbeat. In fact, I'd classify this as just "another little movie that could". The movie "Robot & Frank" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Initial post: Dec 25, 2012 11:55:54 AM PST
I really want to see this film. I wanted to buy a copy. However, twenty-nine dollars is just too much. I'll wait until the price is reduced, or I'll get along without seeing it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2013 6:05:13 PM PST
J. herrin says:
...or you could just rent it instead. They still do that, you know? Netflix, Redbox, Blockbuster, all options that don't require purchasing to see. It may even be available to stream here on Amazon, who knows?

Also, I mentioned in another of your posts that the $30 price tag you see now is probably not even the real price when it comes out. Way too early to tell. Be patient & it may be much cheaper on release date. I would be VERY surprised if the DVD is that expensive. Most new release blu-rays aren't even that expensive.
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