Rated: R due to language and violence. Reviewed by: Frank and Chris Release date: September 20, 1991
The Fisher King is a dramatic comedy which chronicles Jack Lucas' (Jeff Bridges) metamorphosis from self centered, know-it-all, hollow shock DJ to a human being with feelings for others.
The voyage carries him through the harsh reality of life as a street person and the fantasy of Parry (Robin Williams) a former professor who lives on the street since the brutal murder of his wife. The chance meeting of the two is part of the fantasy for it is Jack's flippant discussion with a caller that triggered the murder of Parry's wife.
Jack is drawn into the King Arthur vision of Parry, who believes he must see the Holy Grail to be freed from the pursuit of the Red Knight, a menacing rider trailing torn ribbons in red and spouting fire from the horse. The vision and the need to seek the Grail appear to be extracted from a book Parry wrote when he was a professor. When Parry is with Jack, the Red Knight flees. The friendship which develops climaxes when Jack brings Parry together with the woman he views as perfect.
Only Robin Williams could play Parry. He is a combination of intellectualism and insanity, calm yet fermenting inside. There are many scenes which have a fairy tale quality. One is in Grand Central Station, which turns into a grand ball room filled with waltzing commuters as Parry follows his love Lydia (Amanda Plummer) into the subway.
This is not a formula film. It introduces homeless people who are barely able to survive and are in need of assistance simply to establish reality in their minds, who at the same time have a dignity and a code between them. It is a comedy filled with the antics of Robin Williams and the klutz actions of Amanda Plummer, paired with the serious journey which Parry and Jack must travel together to mentally survive. Put this one on your list of must see.
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