View Full Version : One Hour Photo - A Must See!

09-16-2002, 09:40 PM
Perhaps the most anticpated film for me since Episode II or Lord of the Rings, One Hour Photo first came to my attention nearly a year ago.

Based solely on the strength of the image used for the movie poster (that of Robin Williams as his character Sy Parrish looking passionatly at a strip of 35mm film negative) and a brief description of the concept of the film, I anxiously awaited its release. When I finally had word that this film was to premiere, I was crestfallen to discover that it was going to be one of those "limited release" situations. A major studio (in this case, 20th Century Fox) finds excatly the type of script that they proclaim is so rare in Hollywood, puts up the money to carry it through production, then abandons it at distribution. This was the unfortunate fate of "Memento", a film I nearly missed on the big screen. It seemed that I would be making quite a trek from Arlington to far North Dallas if I hoped to see Robin Williams in what promised to be his finest hour as a dramatic actor.

But alas, the folks at Fox Searchlight had mercy on me and this gem of a film and it has now been afforded a much broader release. And that being the case, there should be no excuse not to seek it out as I did. And as for the promise of that first fleeting image and plot synopsis? "One Hour Photo" delivers!

Robin Williams shines like never before in a disturbing performance as photo technician Sy Parrish. The depth of this character is so great that nothing of Williams' own manic personality is allowed to show through (an unfortunate side-effect all too common when the transition is made from purly comic to purly dramatic acting). Obsessed with a suburban family through his vicarious intrusion into their lives (from years of processing their photographs), Williams' character begins a decent into madness that is both realistic and unflinching. And despite what on the surface may seem a transparant and predictable plotline, "One Hour Photo" is repleat with surprises. Like a negative that slowly reveals the photograph contained within, the plot slowly, methodically develops, not quite revealing the entire picture all at once. I cannot give a high enough reommendation to this haunting drama.

Lord Malakite
09-16-2002, 10:29 PM
It sounds like an interesting movie from what I've seen. I'll probably see it eventually.

09-17-2002, 05:21 AM
Looks like my kind of Flick!!!!! I really enjoy watching movies about things I would love to do, but can't because it is against the law and I wouldn't want it done to myself.

Prince Xizor
09-17-2002, 01:10 PM
I couldn't agree with you more JediCole. I have been waiting for that movie since they premiered the trailer for it months ago. I too was ****ed off about the limited release. But it did finally get here, and I am very glad. Robin Williams deserves an Oscar Nomination for that preformance, and the camera work was just awesome. I too recommend this film to anybody and everybody.

09-17-2002, 04:25 PM
I am going to see this ASAP. It looks very good.

09-18-2002, 04:11 PM
It looks good to me also. A friend and I have plans to see it next week.

09-22-2002, 01:10 PM
I saw it last night. I thought it was a very good film. But I doubt I will ever watch it again. It's just really not the type of film you WANT to see again. Kind of like Traffic.

09-22-2002, 08:30 PM
Originally posted by Quite-Long Dong
I saw it last night. I thought it was a very good film. But I doubt I will ever watch it again. It's just really not the type of film you WANT to see again. Kind of like Traffic.

Good point, Quite. It really is not the kind of movie that draws you back again and again. Not because it is bad in any way, just disturbing, haunting. I will probably own this on DVD, but like Memento or Blue Velvet, it will be a part of my collection that I must be in a certain mood to watch.

10-01-2002, 03:46 PM
I'd love to see this movie if it ever came anywhere near here, but unfortunately it hasn't.

04-28-2003, 09:02 AM
I saw this on DVD last night at a friends house. First we watched The Ring, which I thought was good, then we put in Photo. That was the worst piece of garbage I've seen in a while!

What did I like? Sy's wardrobe, how bland it was, made it easy to see how he would be overlooked by society. The lead actress was decent looking, I liked her hairdo in the mall.

What didn't I like? the performances, they weren't strong. I think just about everyone would be freaked out to receive the attention that Sy shows toward the family; Sy had the same boss as Office Space (that must have been the job he went to after he was fired from the office). The unrealistic house deco and other set dressings, like Wal- SavMart. The TV movie-of-the-week soundtrack. The transparent plot device of the affair.

I will note that the plot twist was different (what you think happens versus the way Sy gets into that position).

04-28-2003, 04:15 PM
I thought it was a pretty good flick, with the best part of the film being that it was fully realistic. Robin Williams did a good job, and while he wasn't his usual comedic self, his overall personality was still there in a way that fit. It was definitely easy to relate to his character as well..

I think one problem though is the way they had him discover the affair, the girl's picture is reasonable but I think it was too much of a stretch to make her part in the picture so tiny to the point of needing a magnifying glass. Her presence in the picture should've been a little more spotlighted, like maybe her in a picture with the guy and the woman. (Don't remember their names, heh)

04-30-2003, 03:10 PM
Originally posted by dr_evazan22
The unrealistic house deco and other set dressings, like Wal- SavMart.

Well, it was a Mark Romanek flick. Anybody remember that Fiona Apple video, or Nine Inch Nails doing Closer? His films are quite nice to look at, much like Stanley Kubrick's, but like Kubrick, he just can't capture the human quality. Yeah I watched the extra features, and I know the Savmart was supposed to be the most sterile environment on earth (next to Sy's apartment), but the visual style was so overboard polished that the film just looked silly. Also, Sy is the hero. or antihero. You just never believe he's really going to snap. And he never does, his revenge is a major let down. And the oddball misfit from hell bit was alredy done in Cable Guy. Not a bad flick, IMHO, but not particularly memorable. My favorite part was when he was discussing all of his various customers.

And that kid- "Mommy, I feel bad for somebody." Would any kid on this planet be thinking about the photo guy and say that? Worth a rent, nothing else.

04-30-2003, 11:33 PM
Another thing I was to keen on- After hubby arrived home from his ordeal his wife and kid come and greet him like they ahven't been betrayed!

I did like that wifey didn't immediately confront hubby about the affair, which (kind of) forced Sy's hand in what he did. But going back to the negative, Sy coveted wifey. While Sy going ballistic was to be expected, the fact that he wasn't murderous, while different, wasn't realistic IMO. I also think hubby should have fought Sy. I mean he had the sheet or blanket in his hand. If he felt for his life, use it to tangle up the knife in Sy's hand.

After hubby got home my friend turned off the DVD b/c I had been complaining about the movie, so I have no idea what happened after that.

04-30-2003, 11:46 PM
Well I've seen it now. It was good. Not the best but interesting. Something new for Robin Williams. I think the plot goes south when Cy (Robin) decided to catch the husband cheating.