It’s taken me longer to get around to watching this, but Robin Williams last live action film was something I refused to miss. So here’s my thoughts and review of Boulevard.
Less than 5 minutes into the film, Boulevard starts off catching the tone and tackling the heart of what this story is ultimately about. You’re able to catch on immediately not only because of the dialogue, but by the way Williams carries himself, his mannerisms and facial expressions. Williams stars as Nolan, the married, middle-aged banker who seems to just blend in with society and is generally unenthusiastic about much of anything. During a drive back home from, Nolan decides to take a different way and unknowingly stumbles across a male prostitute named Leo. Unintentionally, Leo becomes a source to confide in, someone to release his some thoughts and emotions to, which is something that he has not been willing to do with his wife Joy, or his closest friend Winston.
As Boulevard progresses, Nolan becomes more enamored with Leo. But more importantly, he becomes enamored with the idea of opening up to someone and openly become the person he feel he’s meant to be. Plenty of people might find a number of Nolan’s actions as “creepy” and/or “wrong” in this film for certain reasons, but feel free to form your own judgement after you see AND think about the film. The level of emotions picks up immensely in the second half of the film. Acceptance, fear, anger, happiness, all emotions have a place here. There were moments where I would reflect on past and current situations and think about if they were being handled appropriately at the time.
Boulevard is a great dramatic piece that will make your mind work in a good way. Even though the trailer gives you about 90% of the film, it still deserves a watch to truly understand. The performances were well done, the flow of the film might have been slightly too fast, there were a few scenes that I thought could have been expanded, and at it’s very core, it delivered its intended message. I said that this is a very emotional film, but when you remember that this is the last live action film of a one of a kind talent, it hits even harder. Boulevard won’t bring you as much joy as Mrs. Doubtfire or Patch Adams, and won’t be as memorable as Good Will Hunting, Aladdin, or Dead Poets Society, but it is definitely his best work in years. Thank You Robin.
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