Bicentennial Man Movie Review
Following the flop Jakob the Liar, Robin Williams tries to hit the box office again with Bicentennial Man, a movie about a robot who yearns to be something more. This formula has been used before ("Star Trek" rings a bell), but Bicentennial Man is a funny and heartwarming movie.
Through a good portion of the movie, Robin Williams is a robot (appearance). He is sort of funny looking, especially since the metallic shell of the robot is supposed to look vaguely like him. The very look of the robot probably turns some of the teenage audience away, but the teenage audience is the key audience for the movie (do not be fooled by the PG rating). Actually, it is surprising that the movie is not PG-13, since there are lots of sex jokes, a good deal of minor key swearing, and so forth. Teenagers and above will understand and enjoy the movie much more than younger kids.
Bicentennial Man is not just a comedy. Since, as stated in the title, it spans two hundred years, people around the robot die. It is sad, and it does not really get annoying until the last half hour of the movie. While the rest of the movie was comical in nature, with small interruptions of serious issues, the ending is pretty much all serious. Comedies need to be funny to the end, and Bicentennial Man shifts directions part way through. It would be nice to have had it be less than two hours, also.
Bicentennial Man is a good for its hour and a half beginning, but after that, it is no longer a comedy. Still, the female gender will enjoy all of it, and it is worth watching, even if you are not a sentimental person.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.