Robin Williams’ Final Bow: A Review Of ‘Boulevard’

Posted in Movies, Theatrical by - August 13, 2015

Boulevard is the story of Nolan Mack (Robin Williams). Nolan has worked at the same bank for over 20 years in a life of monotony. He and his wife Joy (Kathy Baker) have live in a marriage of convenience. Nolan is a lonely man filled with melancholy, sadness, and despair. Unable to be who he really is, he must find a means to happiness, even even now that he’s at an older age.

For most of his life, Nolan has denied who he is. One unsuspecting night, while driving home from visiting his ailing father, he technically bump into young Leo (Robert Aguire) on the street. Leo’s profession becomes obvious as he asks Nolan for a ride. On a whim, Nolan becomes smitten. Leo becomes his companion, his escape, his obsession; he is a breath of fresh air for Nolan.

Leo is disconcerted by Nolan’s attention, as they never engage in sexual relations. This pseudo-relationship proves to be a wrong turn, Nolan is cornered as he continously tries to bail Leo out. As Nolan can no longer keep lying to himself, and his loved ones, he must confront his past, his present and plan for a future.


Director Dito Montiel and screenwriter Douglas Soesbe clearly understand their characters’ sensibilities. Williams is as memorable as ever in Nolan’s shoes. His face conveys so much emotion that at times it’s both endearing and heartbreaking. Aguire, as young complicate Leo, holds up to Williams’ performance. The rest of the cast also excels throughout the film. Each one of them carries their own melancholy.

The pacing of the film mirrors Nolan’s monotonous life, as he just moves through each day the best way he could in the slow methodical manner. Everything about the film is well thought out. The lighting and cinematography echo Nolan’s personality. All in all, a very memorable film. It is somewhat ironic and heartbreaking that this was Williams’ last film. He always had a way of portraying sad, serious characters that tug at the heart strings. Boulevard is a heartbreaking and bittersweet film; very much worth the time.

  • Release Date: 8/14/2015
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