Toys: Directed by Barry Levinson. With Robin Williams, Michael Gambon, Joan Cusack, Robin Wright. When Lieutenant General Leland Zevo (Sir Michael Gambon) inherits a toymaking company and begins making war toys, his employees band together to stop him before he ruins the name of Zevo Toys forever.
A mediocre film from some pretty great actors, included LL Cool J, who I think has more screen time than anyone else in the film. My displeasure with the film isn’t so much with the intent or even the acting, but there’s something about the sum of the parts that fails to really bring it all together in a way that’s enjoyable. Perhaps the most offensive part is the casualness of the way they treated the “war toys” mentioning only in passing that they were being used to kill thousands of people off screen by the army of young children playing with them ala “Ender’s Game” style, then the lack of seriousness in the final ‘battle’ that takes place in the factory warehouse and play stage.
It’s a good candidate to have a remake made with someone that doesn’t have the unbearable weight of my expectations from a Robin Williams film. He was great with what he was given to do, but the story itself was just non-sense.