Genre Guesstimation – One Hour Photo (2002)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Paul of the People’s Movies and we will be reviewing our favorite Loners in Film.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Mar by sending them to lonerpaul@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Paul!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Loners in Film……

“And if these pictures have anything important to say to future generations, it’s this: I was here. I existed. I was young, I was happy, and someone cared enough about me in this world to take my picture.” – Sy Parrish

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Mar 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A local photo developing employee develops a fixation with a family who frequents his store.

My Take on it – I decided that in order to make my guest choices of the Genre for the Genre Grandeur series more personal (and expand my own personal horizons of these genres), I will take a recommendation from my guest for a film to watch for this Genre Guesstimation series.

This movie was Paul’s choice for me to watch.

This is a very difficult film to watch because of the amazingly creepy performance by Robin Williams.

He has always been a great comedic actor, but his dramatic roles are even more spectacular to watch.

This film is a perfect example of how much he gives to his dramatic roles.

The story itself is a bit uneven and that hurts things too much.

The way that the story unfolds begs the viewer to ask far too many questions about these characters and situations and that is quite frustrating to watch since most of these queries remain unanswered.

The character played by Williams is even scarier to watch since he seems so mild mannered on one hard yet due to the way we can experience his loneliness which causes him to seek a feeling of companionship is extremely disturbing to take in.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – After the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, Robin Williams overheard viewers say that they forgot it was Williams in the lead role 15 minutes into the film. An observation that made Williams proud. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Almost. Amazing performance by Williams which is quite creepy, but the story goes into some strange places which make things a little less engaging and enjoyable to watch.

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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One thought on “Genre Guesstimation – One Hour Photo (2002)

  1. Pingback: Genre Grandeur March Finale – Blue Ruin (2013) – The People’s Movies | MovieRob

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