Stars: Peter Sarsgaard, Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Jeremy Strong | Written by Christopher D. Ford | Directed by Jake Schreier
Whimsy can be a tricky thing to get right in the movies. When aiming for the whimsical, it can be all too easy to slip in unwatchable triteness or twee-ness. Just look at any number of the ‘quirky’, cutesy indie rom-coms, usually starring Zooey Deschanel. But when a film pulls off being a bit eccentric, then they’re often very good.
Case in point? Robot and Frank, the debut feature from director Jake Schreier. The film is set in the near-future and stars Frank Langella as the titular Frank, an old man whose memory has started to fail him. In frustration, his son, James Marsden, buys him a robot helper to look after him and give him a structured daily routine. Being a grumpy old so-and-so,