Almost everyone you meet knows of the late, great Robin Williams, and most people could name at least one or two movies that he's been in. Titles such as "Aladdin," "Jumanji," "Mrs. Doubtfire," and maybe even "Club Paradise" quickly come to mind, but what about 1999's "Bicentennial Man"? What happened to it? Why does it have such low ratings on-line?
I chalk it up to the fact that it was advertised as a comedy, instead of as a sci-fi drama, which would be much more suitable.
"Bicentennial Man" isn't very funny— of course, it does indeed have its funny moments, but overall it isn't the type of film that would make you bust a gut. What it lacks in humour, it makes up for with heart. Bicentennial Man follows the story of a very special robot named Andrew Martin (Williams), who realizes that he wants more than anything to be free. (Not unlike Robin William's Genie in "Aladdin.") Andrew is different from the other robots produced by Northam Robotics in that he has a heart and a brain— not physically, but in the abstract.
Andrew falls in love with Little Miss, Amanda Martin. She grows with him from a young age, and the two become inseparable as the years go by. He develops feelings for Little Miss, but his spirits are crushed when she tells him that her boyfriend has proposed to her. From here, the story gets much, much deeper than one may expect from merely seeing the surface. I couldn't even describe it for you.
Set to a beautiful musical score by the late, great James Horner, this heartwarming, heart-wrenching tale has become one of my very favourites, and I highly recommend it. Don't let the bad reviews on numerous websites discourage you. You'll laugh and cry, and in the end, you should be happy that you gave this mismarketed title a chance.
"As the great Andrew Martin once said, 'one is glad to be of service'."