There are two types of people in this world: those who think What About Bob is one of the better, if not one of the best, of movies ever crafted and those who don’t.
Ask yourself these three questions: How do you feel? Do you feel great? Do you feel wonderful? Don’t take baby-steps if you feel neither great nor wonderful. Just watch this movie. Then laugh your…butt off.
Pay attention to the subtle gestures of the acting craft masterfully demonstrated by Dreyfuss. Broader gestures are masterfully demonstrated by Murry; he consistently reigns in his comedic sense, never going over the top, never overwhelming. Even each member of the supporting cast performs his and her role marvelously. Pay attention to each one. Tell me the casting director failed doing the assigned job?
Largely ignored as one the better movies ever made in the U. S., What about Bob? Has one of better scripts ever written brought to flesh mostly by creative cratfmen, Bill Murry, Bob, and Richard Dreyfuss, Dr. Marvin. Each were given an excellent screenplay with which to work their acting magic. It is full of pithy gems of dialogue and character observations.
Combined craft of the two actors, two of the best ever to appear on the sliver-screen, makes Bob the character that he is. Chemistry between the two actors is brought to phenomenal precision. Each contributing equally to an alchemist transformation of character, both of Bob and of Dr. Marvin. Trans-formative change remains consistent across the arch of the story. Each incremental step in transition is signaled by subtle gestures. For example, pay attention to one sign of transformation-changed in Bob when he, at the Marvin’s for a evening’s sleep-over. Notice what he does just before he settles in his bed to go to sleep. A couple of times subtle gestures of his trans-formative change are signaled with a white tissue.
What about Bob is an iconic film ensconced among the many greatest movies of America. If that is not the case, than American iconology requirements a rethinking. What About Bob was ignored by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences when this movie ought to have been considered for best movie of the year, so to have won it, and for its two leading actors, each worthy for best actor, Bill Murry and best supporting actor, Richard Dreyfuss. Each ought of been winners of The Oscar the year of the movie’s release.
About Richard Dreyfuss, not enough can be expressed in observation of his acting range. His comedic sensibility is keenly demonstrated in this movie. Pay attention to his character’s facial expressions during the TV interview. Notice how he plays off Boob, I mean Bob. Here his subtle comedic display makes the scene click for the viewer, you.