Watched it for the 2nd time and couldn’t resist myself from writing this review
“CHARLIE BABBIT MADE A JOKE”
This was not a movie that needed forced emotion; it played better because it was understated, because the ending is oblique and because it rang true. This film changed how many people perceived the autistic; suddenly they weren’t ‘retards’ to be shut away, but intriguing individuals. Few movies really do this. But ‘Rain Man’ did something even rarer: it not only made the audience think, it made them happy.
The ending is the sort of rare conclusion that brings tears to the eyes. Throughout the film, Charlie is an arrogant, ignorant, greedy businessman who cares of no one but himself. By the end, however, he has learned more than he has in his entire lifetime from the brother he never had. And unlike a lot of the buddy films out there, we get to see the bonding between Charlie and his big brother, Raymond, form on a daily basis, until it is brought to a standstill.
Dustin Hoffman gives his best performance in “Rain Man,” one of such unmatched strength and brilliance that we often feel that we are really watching an autistic man on screen. Raymond Babbitt is one of the most memorable characters you will ever encounter as a viewer, and though Dustin Hoffman isn’t necessarily a favorite actor of mine, I place his performance in “Rain Man” as one of the most convincing and touching performances of all time.
Trying to put the reason that “Rain Man” is so great into words is simply impossible. It’s got everything. And as humorous as Raymond Babbitt becomes, he never seems unreal or obnoxious. As I watch him every time I watch the movie, I completely forget Dustin Hoffman is playing him until I mentally remark on how well he is doing so. This is movie magic, folks.
Hollywood has a fascination with characters like Forrest Gump and Raymond Babbitt, but — even more so than Gump — Raymond is never annoying. (That’s not saying that Gump is, but…Raymond is even more touching and realistic.) Raymond is a fair bit more impaired than Forrest, and we feel for him even more (though which is the better film I could never say).
By all means, see this movie. Drop whatever you’re doing and rent it, buy it, watch it over and over. It’s amazing.I love this movie and I can’t say enough good things about it.