Film review: ‘Robot & Frank’
Robot & Frank, opening this Friday in limited release, is an odd film. A blend of science fiction, comedy, and drama, the movie focuses on an aging cat burglar with dementia — played with subtlety by Frank Langella. Sometime in the near future, the titular Frank spends his days wandering into a small upstate New York hamlet, casually shoplifting from the local cosmetics store, and flirting with the head librarian (Susan Sarandon) of a branch destined for reconstruction. His nights are occupied with reliving (and trying to recreate) the robberies of his youth.