One Hour Photo

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“And if these pictures have anything important to say to future generations, it’s this: I was here. I existed. I was young, I was happy, and someone cared enough about me in this world to take my picture.”

One Hour Photo is an exceptional examination of the psyche of a sociopath. Robin Williams is phenomenal as usual, and his depiction of Seymour Parrish was both chilling and intriguing. I wasn’t sure whether to feel sorry for this lonely man, or to be absolutely disturbed by him. And that is where the strength of this film lies: sympathy for the perceived “villain”.

The actual plot of this film left much to be desired. I wasn’t interested in the family at all, and the first half dragged quite often. I felt like Seymour’s inner monologues sounded too much like Williams was reading from a script rather than actually ruminating on anything.

There is something to be said, however, of the intention of One Hour Photo and how it is more relevant today than it was 17 years ago. We are living in an age where we are constantly connected to other people through a myriad of social media portals. And yet, so many people are alone. The wall of photos in Seymour’s home might as well be the Facebook page of some stranger you find yourself stalking over the internet at 3 a.m.

As humans, we yearn for connection. We want to be loved and cared about. The loneliness of isolation can be maddening, and it is only exacerbated by the constant reminder of those things that we don’t have.

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