REVIEWED
6/22/03

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One Hour Photo
Director: Mark Romanek
Year: 2002
TRT: 1:36



Daaaammn. This film has the psychological elements that are the kind of creepy where you squirm in your seat. It pries into the suburban fears of anonymity, and despite the happy faces we all put on, there is a side not meant to be seen. To not ruin the movie for anyone, I keep my synopsis short:

Photo technician Sy Parrish becomes overwhelmingly obsessed in what he thinks is the "ideal" family through the photos they've dropped off at his Walmart-style developing lab over the many years he has worked there.

I'm still not so sure about the bookends, but it makes the film a bit more palatable, I think, for general audiences. The story itself is a pretty disturbing look into the fantasies a lonely person constitutes for life. Robin Williams provides his best serious role (don't look for many quirky kind of comedy/lighthearted scenes, it's pretty serious throughout, without the lameness that was instilled into Insomnia). While the review may be a bit short, it's no indication of how well this movie plays out. Great style and musical score round it out. Taking the above into account, if you're even remotely interested in seeing this film, definitely do so.

Great Scene: Sy's "look" around the family home.

DVD Notes: 20th Century Fox's Searchlight division put this one out into the theaters, and do a great job with supporting it in the DVD release. The Charlie Rose segment in it's entirety (more amusing just to see how un-funny Charlie Rose is as he panders to Williams), Sundance: Anatomy of a Scene that is superb as always, and a tacked-on featurette for Cinemax. Last but not least is a Commentary track with director Romanek and surprisingly subdued Williams (a first for him, because of his respect for the character and the movie itself) that gives a better insight into all aspects of the production. Worth the time to listen to if you're into that kind of thing.