Jack (1996).

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Film, starring the late great Robin Williams, about a young boy with a rapid aging disease. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

This sort of film about rapid age disorders has been tackled in films such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button or Big respectively. But with Robin Williams’s recent death over a year ago, I wanted to explore more of his work as he had proved to be a very diverse character actor.

To begin with, it comes across as quite a poor film with a mangled central plot arc, wooden characters and bad acting. But as the film progresses it reveals its true colours – a tale of friendship, childhood, and enjoying your life to the fullest.
Robin Williams sparkles in his role as the central character, Jack. He conveys such a range of emotions throughout the film and is the epitome of childish innocence. The ending scene, set years later during Jack’s high school graduation, is particularly moving in nature given Williams’s recent death.

Not a perfect film, but good none the less. Jennifer Lopez in the role of Jack’s class teacher was quite sweet. Not the sort of film to go down in cinematic history but cute nonetheless.

“We start to worry , thinking, “What am I gonna do? Where am I gonna be in ten years?” But I say to you, “Hey, look at me!” Please, don’t worry so much. Because in the end, none of us have very long on this Earth. Life is fleeting.”

MY RATING: **.5 / *****


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