“Boulevard” is going to be remembered forever as Robin Williams’ last onscreen acting performance. That’s not a bad thing. Pairing with indie darling director Dito Montiel, Williams creates something special in his role as Nolan. Nolan is a married man with homosexual pinings that goes out at night to cruise the Boulevard. He eventually finds a young man that gives him special feelings, but all he wants is to pay for the man’s time. Nolan has no sense of self and seemingly wants to live through the young male prostitute.
Over the next hour and half, we get treated to the kind of film that can’t seem to find an audience anymore. It’s a carefully crafted adult study of what it means to be in a relationship whether it’s a marriage or friendship. What I appreciate about the film is that Robin Williams doesn’t magically get everything right. He botches his outing and ends up alienating almost everyone he knows. Especially, because he just looks like an adulterer and a liar to almost everyone he knows.
The Blu-Ray comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is strong for such a quiet film. The 1080p transfer plays well with the dark toned exteriors. The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 gets a ton of dialogue, but little extra environmental noise. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.
Release Date: 9/1/15