One Hour Photo is a story about an elderly man working in the mall, in the photo developing place. For years and years he watches this family that seems really happy, and all he wishes for is to become a part of it. The chain of events gets initiated when a lover of the father comes to develop a reel of her own, one depicting the affair. The “photo guy” looses his cool completely, which eventually leads to him being terminated, which in its turn aggravates his obsession, and transitions things into the active phase.
The film is kind of pretentious; I think, it’s main problem is that there is nothing to set off the primary dramatic line, with a lonely and miserable guy, who should be empathized with notwithstanding the fact that he’s a total creep: there is no humor, no secondary line, – it’s all pretty straightforward and without any nuances. I suppose, Williams wanted to play a serious role so hard, he overdid it, – I mean, he’s act is pretty good, even though his character is… well, you know, a creep, but the worst thing is the story around it. It’s shallow, although pretends otherwise, completely unoriginal, and it’s unnaturally and deliberately sublime, which is annoying.
It’s sort of hard to believe Romanek would later do something as good as Never Let Me Go – but then again, that screenplay was written by Garland, not Romanek, and as we know, the story is the core of everything.
All in all, the movie is not worth the time it’s lasting.
Released in: 2002
Directed by: Mark Romanek
Written by: Mark Romanek
Performed by: Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Dylan Smith, Erin Daniels, Paul Hansen Kim, Lee Garlington, Gary Cole, Marion Calvert, David Moreland, Shaun P. O’Hagan, Jim Rash, Nick Searcy, Dave Engfer, Jimmy Shubert
Entertaining quality: 3 out of 5
Art quality: 3 out of 5
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