Regarding Henry (1991) – Encore Review


“I know a good blowfish restaurant” – Henry

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater, video, DVD, 5 Aug 2013 and 1 Sep 2018)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – After a power lawyer is shot in a robbery, he must find a way to regain his memory and all other functions with the help of his wife and daughter.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have enjoyed ever since I saw it for the first time in the theater in the summer of ’91.

Harrison Ford has played many kinds of roles over the years and this role is among his best because it is so different from the others.

The range that he has with this character is great and the way he changes over the course of the film is very realistic largely because the journey comes across as being so genuine.

Ford has great chemistry with his co-star Annette Bening because they help us feel both the closeness and distance between their characters throughout the film depending on what the story calls for.

Bill Nunn does a great job in a supporting role and steals every scene he is in due to his onscreen presence.

This was one of J.J. Abrams’ first screenplays and despite the fact that it doesn’t venture into sci-fi aspects like many of hos future screenplays, he does this one so well which shows how much range he has as a screenwriters.

Bottom Line – Excellent film and one of Ford’s best roles.  His character has such range and this role is so different from most of the roles that he has played over the years.  His chemistry with Bening is perfect in this film and we can really feel both the closeness and distance between their characters throughout.  The story works quite well and it’s easy to believe the journey that the characters make over the course of the movie. This was one of Abrams’ very first screenplays and it shows how much potential and range he has as a writer because it’s not at all sci-fi related like many of his other films over the years. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In his episode of Inside the Actor’s Studio, Harrison Ford stated that while doing research for his role as Henry, he met a real life lawyer who had a similar experience to the character after a car crash. The man told him that, like Henry, his job had made him a very bitter person, estranged from his family, and had suffered severe brain damage from his accident. He told him that the experience had changed him and helped him to become, according to Ford, “a different person”. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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