The Angriest Man in Brooklyn: Reconciliation & harmony

Robin WIlliams is still going strong
Robin Williams is still going strong
Robin Williams is still going strong

It’s easy to forget those who are important to us – this heart-warming comedy drama teaches a message of peace and reconciliation

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn explores something close to home.

Henry Altmann (played by the evergreen Robin Williams), is a very angry man indeed. Every day is a bad day for him.

It isn’t until Dr Sharon Gill (played by the lovely Mila Kunis) tells him that he has a brain aneurysm that everything changes. It’s a story of redemption and reconciliation as Henry races against time to make peace with the family he’s shunned and despised for years.

But will his family accept him back after what he’s done to them over the years?

#86_ent_TAMIB_19sept12_whilden-0987The Best 90-Minute Mistake

The catch is, whilst Henry attempts to make peace with his brother Aaron (played by Peter Dinklage of “Game of Thrones” and X-Men: Days of Future Past) and his mother Bette (played by Melissa Leo), he thinks that he only has 90 minutes to live.

Dr Gill had made a mistake of telling him his aneurysm was so far advanced that he had just 90 minutes to live. It’s a race against time as she attempts to hunt Henry down to rectify her mistake, while Henry attempts to make up for his sins against his loved ones.

#86_ent_Image1Errors & the Best Course of Action

The plot of The Angriest Man in Brooklyn is masterfully-crafted by writer Daniel Taplitz, and maintains a balance between mistakes and the greater good. On one hand, you have a doctor who has made a catastrophic mistake, which could cause her to lose her career.

On the other hand, for Henry, the pain and distress caused by this error is nothing in comparison to the feeling of being able to return to the family fold.

The viewer is left to decide how he or she feels about the plot. Some might believe it’s the best possible thing to happen to Henry, whereas others may see it as a cruel joke played by an extremely negligent doctor.

Every character has its own personality and each actor brings his or her experience and nuances to this film. With its fair share of comedy and touching moments, this is a film to watch.


DIRECTOR: Phil Alden Robinson
STARRING: Robin Williams, Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage & James Earl Jones
GENRE: Drama, Comedy
RUN LENGTH: 93 min