With the summer blockbuster season—and the releases of The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises
, etc.—now behind us, we geek cinephiles will have to wait another several months until the next crop of big-budget nerd-oriented films hits the big screen. But while The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
, Wreck-It Ralph
, Man of Steel,
etc. still seem ages away, there are plenty of smaller films out there worth checking out in the interim. One of those is first-time director Jake Schreier
’s indie sci-fi/comedy/drama Robot & Frank
In the film, Frank Langella
plays Frank, a retired jewel thief suffering from the early stages of dementia whose son (played by James Marsden
) buys him a robot caretaker/butler (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard
) to take care of him. Not content with the robot’s suggestions that he take up gardening as a hobby, Frank decides to teach the robot the tricks of his old trade and pull off a few more heists.
But the acting and the story, though superb, aren’t the parts of this movie that got me the most excited.
Robots, guys. Robots