Starring: Robin Williams, Kathy Baker and Bob Odenkirk
Directed by: Dito Montiel
Williams’ performance in Boulevard is the antithesis
of who he created in The Bird Cage…In Birdcage
he brought us a lovable flamboyant life-loving stereo-typical
(easy-to-accept for the masses) openly proud gay male in an openly
proudly gay neighborhood. In Boulevard, he is very calm,
in a quiet near-stifling neighborhood. Williams plays Nolan, a
married–for-ever closeted 60 year-old man working an equally
soul-crushing manila-envelope job, to match, as we discover, his
deeply unfulfilled life.
is until one evening returning home from his father’s sick
bed, he takes a road unknown. Then he makes a U-turn to meet a
young male prostitute.
follows is remarkable subtle realism Williams brings to his character.
The viewer is privy to a man’s opening. Nolan slowly realizes
he has had enough shame. Enough living what others expect or want.
Baker is the wife. And in one very telling culmination scene,
she lays out truths about herself, her selfishness and her cruelty.
Odenkirk, the best friend, provides some humor and ultimately
shows what a true friendship means, while he slowly accepts his
story moves along slowly, and its content true-played and deep;
which makes it a not for all again viewing experience. For those
into the human dramas, Boulevard becomes a quietly roaring emotional
roller coaster that Williams chooses to ride serenely with his
undercurrent a bouncing twelve year old whipping around new corners.
the film shares both how difficult Nolan’s truth is to bring
out to the world and to keep viewers in touch with the long-time
awakenings he is finally allowing to be seen. And, reminds every
viewer of our great loss of a true American mega-talent.