Watch: THE ANGRIEST MAN IN BROOKLYN Movie Trailer Starring Robin Williams
There are some people in the world who are continually optimistic and cheerful. Henry Altman is not one of those people. The Angriest Man in Brooklyn might at first appear to be one of those movies that has a grumpy protagonist make a heel-face turn after realizing the error of his ways. However, the trailer shows what happens when the character keeps those negative traits instead of completely changing.
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn tells Henry’s story as he races against the clock to redeem himself to his friends and family before he dies. The film’s all-star cast includes Robin Williams as Henry, Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage and Melissa Leo — among many other comedic actors. The 2-minute trailer highlights Williams’ comedic skills but leaves the rest of the actors in the background as a result.
Within the trailer’s first 10 seconds we learn about Henry’s character — everything aggravates him and nothing makes him happy. After going to the hospital from a car accident, Doctor Sharon Gill (Kunis) reveals that Henry has a brain aneurysm. Already distressed from her cat jumping out of a window, Sharon snaps when Henry keeps attacking her and tells the patient he has 90 minutes left to live — when, in fact, she doesn’t know how much time Henry has left to live.
Instead of staying in the hospital for surgery, Henry escapes and tries to fix everything he’s done wrong with his friends and family before he dies. Once Sharon realizes what has happened, she searches all of Brooklyn to find her patient before he pushes himself too far.
Although the movie has many well-known actors and actresses, it’s clear that Robin Williams’ character is the center of the film. The trailer focuses mostly on him and his sometimes insane antics as he races against the clock. We get glimpses of the other characters — his unhappy wife (Leo) possibly meeting with a divorce lawyer and his brother (Dinklage) at work — but we’re more concerned with Henry’s story than theirs. This is OK.
Robin Williams is known for his comedic timing, so the fact that the trailer focuses mostly on him is not necessarily a bad thing. After all, it’s his character’s story we’re watching. It would be nice to see more from the other characters, since right now we have very little information about them, but we’ll surely learn more about them in the movie itself.
The basic plot has been done before — an angry man finds out he is dying and wants to make amends with the people in his life. However, he doesn’t suddenly become kind and patient. Henry is still just as angry as he was at the beginning. Even though he wants to reach out to his son and rekindle his wife’s affection, Henry doesn’t immediately change. The trailer makes this much clear to us.
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn will definitely have a lot of funny moments. The trailer shows many of Williams’ comedic moments, and there are sure to be many more in the movie, especially considering how many comedians were cast in the film.
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn will have a limited release in theaters starting May 23.