|Jack Dalton - 2020-11-20 |
Imagine spending all that time building an incredible set-piece with moving walls that looks like an art installation...
...then imagine discovering that the only way the world will ever see your masterpiece is watching a scene from the movie “Toys.”
This movie is the biggest waste of art direction.
This movie was billed as a Christmas movie. But it's easily the most bizarre thing that Robin Williams ever made and that is saying a LOT.
The art direction / set design is incredible, though. I believe it was nominated for the Academy Award for art direction. The problem is that everything about the plot and dialogue doesn't match the awesomeness of the set direction. It's just really weird and depressing. The plot at one point reveals that Robin Williams father just chose Robin Wright to look out for his son after he dies...and also he wanted her to marry his son. So she's basically nice to him throughout the film, all with the knowledge that she's been hired to become his wife some day. And no one thinks this is weird because most of the movie Robin Williams uncle is trying to turn the toy factory into a ripoff of Ender's Game.
I still have no idea WTF the monster at the end was, or where it came from. How the fuck did a military general make a sea monster? How the fuck is that Christmasey?
I love to hate this movie.
My favorite moments (as a 13 year old) were LL Cool J camouflaged as a couch, and Robin Williams doing egg jokes.
I love the line from the general where he's all
"That sandwich has no nutritional value whatsoever"
and Joan Cusack just says yes it does and reveal that the mayo on white sandwich she's eating just has a bunch of vitamin pills inside. I still think that's hilarious.
|Hammer Falls - 2020-11-21 |
This was director Barry Levinson did with his Rain Man money and clout. This was his dream project.
*is what, to replace the first "was".
How many "dream projects" ended up NOT being trainwrecks?
|themilkshark - 2020-11-22 |
Weird ass movie. The marketing was terrible
"TOYZ IN DA HOOD!" (strikes "rap" pose)
|Nominal - 2020-11-22 |
What happens when you take the lame weirdness of this movie but leave out the inspired art direction?
You get What Dreams May Come, where any inspired art is replaced by uninspired Thomas Kinkade crap.
Yeah I remember that the trailer kind of covered the whole thing and I felt like I saw what they were trying to do so never sat and watched it. Robin Williams walks the line between genius and insufferable just like Andy Kaufman because they desire approval and reassurance all the time. Throw in gropey Cuba and I doubt I'll ever give this one a watch.
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