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DVD Review: Robin Williams Gives A Strong Final Performance In BOULEVARD - Movies In Focus
Robin Williams give his final screen performance in Boulevard, a low key drama from director Dito Montiel. It’s a well meaning effort which sees Williams play Nolan Mack, a 60 year old closeted homosexual who is caught up in a loving but tired platonic marriage to Joy (Kathy Baker). Nolan’s life is shaken from its slumber when he strikes up a friendship with a young street hustler named Leo (Robert Aguire). Nolan’s measured life is thrown into chaos when he falls in love with Leo but the pair’s two very different lives leads to a lot of friction. Williams will always be best known for his broad comedy roles but he did try to rally against that, taking on a variety of dramatic parts. He’ll never really be remembered for these parts of course (even though he won an Oscar for Good Will Hunting) but he always delivered first rate work. His portrayal of Nolan in Boulevard hits certain notes in retrospect, with the actor playing a man with an inner darkness that he can’t escape. Williams gives a strong performance and Montiel’s film is a must for anyone who is a fan of the actor’s dramatic work. It’s not only [...]