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One Hour Photo: Creeping Up with Robin Williams in This Kodak Moment Gone Rogue



I've always had a soft spot for Robin Williams, the comedian with a thousand faces. But when he took on a serious role in "One Hour Photo", a thriller released in 2002, I found myself marveling at the peculiarity of his choice. I mean, come on, Robin! We're used to seeing you in a magical genie lamp, not creeping around in a photo lab.


The film casts Williams as Seymour Parrish, a photo lab tech with an unnerving interest in a family whose pictures he has been developing for years. Now, if you're under the age of 25, you might need a moment to Google what a photo lab or film developing is. Yes, there was a time when we couldn't just snap a picture and immediately post it on Instagram. We had to wait a whole hour for someone else to see our embarrassing party pics first!


And, oh boy, does Seymour take this job seriously. You'd think he was defusing a bomb, not developing photos. Every picture, perfectly placed in an envelope with the precision of a surgeon. It's like watching Bob Ross paint, if Bob Ross was into pastel smocks and had an unsettling obsession with other people's lives.


And let's talk about that obsession! Seymour has an unhealthy fascination with the Yorkin family, whose mundane, picture-perfect life becomes his beacon of normalcy. If you ever wanted a lesson in "how not to blend into the background while stalking a family," take notes from Seymour. His voyeuristic tendencies could give Big Brother a run for his money. And the irony? He's invisible to everyone else, like a socially awkward chameleon.


The climax of the film finds Seymour having a meltdown in the family's home. He's like a rabid fanboy, decked out in all white (as though preparing for a fencing duel), wielding a camera instead of a sword. Imagine if your mailman suddenly decided to do a photoshoot in your living room. It's the Kodak moment nobody asked for!


Jokes aside, "One Hour Photo" is a bleak exploration of loneliness and obsession. The film is an uneasy but riveting ride, filled with brilliantly jarring cinematography and a commendable performance by Williams, who offers a different kind of comedy: the comedy of discomfort.

You’ll laugh, but it’s more of a nervous chuckle. It's as though director Mark Romanek looked

at our beloved funny man and said, "You know what, Robin? Let's make people laugh awkwardly this time."


In conclusion, if you've ever wondered what would happen if your friendly neighborhood photo developer took his job a little too seriously, "One Hour Photo" is the movie for you. Williams' hauntingly intense performance is the film's real masterpiece, a photo that definitely deserves more than an hour of your time. Remember: it's all fun and games until someone starts idolizing your family photo album. Happy watching!

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