Robin Williams works at a bank, and has been there forever. He’s comfortable in his life, and his marriage to Joy. He has a single friend, who is sleeping with a waitress at a restaurant where Robin Williams and his one friend has a weekly meal. It’s a stable, but dull life. Sadly, Robin Williams father is swiftly declining in health.
One night, Robin Williams is driving down a – well, lets just say not nice area of town, and almost hits a young man. In apologizing, the young man asks for a ride, but turns out he is a male prostitute. Robin Williams rents a motel room and just talks to the young man, named Leo. Robin for some reason is captivated by the man, and spends more and more time and money on Leo, and it affects his marriage and his job.
That’s the build for Boulevard. What should follows is how Robin Williams finds himself and comes to terms with what he is and explaining that to his friend and wife. I’ll save the problems with the movie until after the spoilers but, let me say this much.
First and Foremost: Whomever scored this movie should be shot. It’s awful. The score does the worst thing that a score can do to a movie. It’s distracting. It takes away from the pace and makes it hard to listen to at times. Just awful. This synth-pop is a mess.
This is one the last movies Robin Williams did before he killed himself, and it does affect the movie. Looking at Robin, you always see a glint in his eyes, it’s part of what makes him a joy. Even when he is playing a serious character, there is a spark. There is no spark here. Even at the end when Robin smiles as he has found happiness, there is no joy in those eyes. I’m not sure if I’m reading into the movie, but again, these are my feelings on it.
I’ll get more into what I found wrong with Boulevard more concretely after the spoilers, but I’m going a 2 here. This is an awful movie. I can’t even call it a time-waster, this is not a good movie.
OK. What exactly does Leo want? He just takes and takes, and even though he seems to have an actual chance to get out of his situation, with a minute amount of give-a-shit, he doesn’t take it, and does his best to shit all over Robin and help destroy his life.
Yes, I said destroy.
This is California, in a fairly modern age. Robin has been there for 26 years, and he is up to get a branch managers job, and he’s fired for being gay? Fired for bringing a pimp in the parking lot? Maybe Robin Quit to go to New York.
But why does Robin throw all this away for Leo? He doesn’t love Leo, he loves his wife (he claims) Leo doesn’t help him, doesn’t love him, doesn’t teach him, doesn’t do ANYTHING for Robin but let himself be gawked at and smoke cigarettes. If not for the gay overtones and Robin discovering who he is, then Leo would be a gold-digging villain. Being the enlightened man I am, I still look at him as a villain. Leo just takes from Robin, robbing him of everything- his job, his home, his career, his comfort, everything. Again, is it worth it? I could think so, but I also think there are better ways of doing so. I’m sure coming out is hard, but Leo makes it harder than it has to be.
That’s the thing though, isn’t it? Robin isn’t happy, and loses everything, Leo has nothing and ends with nothing, Joy loses everything as well, and none of it is her fault. Even Robin telling off his father solves nothing, as he’s still a shit. We hope Robin finds true happiness, we hope Joy finds, well, Joy on the cruise, and who knows what will happen to Leo? He obviously doesn’t want to help himself. So what are we looking for again?
You do wonder if Robin hadn’t taken a trip down Boulevard, what if he was paying more attention to his driving, what if he had almost hit a female prostitute or a mean one that was more belligerent. Would he still have come out? Would he still end up in the same place? I don’t really get the feeling that Robin wants to come out, he’s more forced to come out more than anything else. That’s a problem.
Did I mention Boulevard’s score stinks?
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