Noah Millman mulls Robot & Frank:
From the days of Karel Čapek, we’ve told ourselves anxious stories about the rise of the machines, and the fear usually is that we will wind up ceding too much of ourselves to them – too much power, too much authority, too much of what makes our lives meaningful. This fear is what Frank articulates at the beginning – he’s not going to take orders from a machine, blah, blah, blah.
As the movie goes on, though, it becomes clear that this is not the deep, true fear. The deeper fear is that, as our machines get more and more human-like, we will be forced to confront the fact that we, too, are just machines.