So, lets take a look at the top 10 Movies Robin Williams did.
And, no, POPEYE is not on this list- but I do love that movie.
Maybe his most iconic role for the kids who have no idea who Mork is, but after you watch it several times, it kinda loses a good bit. Still, a very good movie and well worth the time. Sally Field has to put up with him, and, the only time I really enjoy it is when he’s away from the kids.
Again, a slight drop-off on the rewatchability scale, but, a very solid movie, and with recently gone Phillip Seymour Hoffman as well. This is not a well-loved movie, but for a bio-pic I still think it’s a solid movie.
8. Death to Smoochy
While Ed Norton steals this movie, it’s still a solid effort by Williams; under-appreciated by most, this one is worth the darkness. Danny Devito turns in what might be his best effort since Hoffa. The more I think on it, the more I might move it up. I need to see this again.
Yes, we have to have a cartoon in here. Aladdin is one of the best of the Disney movies, and Williams is one reason why.
6. Jakob the Liar
While not exactly one of his most popular movies, Jakob the Liar, I think, is a movie that Robin Williams wanted to do as he got older, but just wasn’t very good at it. He almost plays a guy who wants to be helpful, but has no idea how. This isn’t the deepest movie, or even a great movie on the surface, but it’s the type of movie to watch once, and then don’t worry about it for a few years, then site do see it on a Pay-Tv or Stream and throw it on, then sit down and watch the whole thing again. Some movies just have that role in the world.
You forget that it’s Robin Williams in the movie for a long time, and in the beginning you almost feel sorry for Robin Williams as he almost looks like he’s been beaten before starting the movie. Its a good thing. If you haven’t seen this movie, you might want to, at least once. To see his performance here, then to see his malice in Death to Smoochy is a turnaround with some range. Now, I want to move Smoochy up a bit.
5. The Best of Times
Best of Times is a Kurt Russell movie, he dominates the whole thing, and you can kinda get the feeling that if this movie was real life, it would end up the same way as the movie did. I do wonder if they tried to get “Glory Days” from Bruce Springsteen for the soundtrack. If you haven’t seen this movie, and/or are a fan of 80s sports flicks, then this is all kinds of awful 80s movies. Its a fairly weak script, although with a very good premise, and Kurt and Robin just do their best to pull this movie out of the mud. If you can buy Robin Williams, at ANY age playing split-end. Then you can buy this movie as greatness
The bit-parts are well done and even the wives seem to have a blast doing this. Not a classic, by any means unless you just miss the popcorn flick. Its rewatchable cheese, and I am stunned Bill Simmons hasn’t done 15K words on it.
4. Good Morning Vietnam
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD Morning Vietnam!
In 50 years if you pull a Robin Williams movie, this is the one you pull. Its equal parts standup and story. When Robin Williams is being Robin Williams this movie is GOLD. GOLD I tell you, and if you are a fan of his standup, you are a fan of this movie. I might get a little fussing since its not top 3, but let me make the case here. The whole Robin-as-teacher just falls flat on me, and then her brother just makes me feel like its there for a “GI is Good Guy” message and it hurts the movie. Williams goes through all this mess to meet the HOT CHICK, meet her family, and so forth, then he is forced out, and never even says goodbye or says anything to her, or sends a message. We could have easily dropped this plot for more hating at the radio station. I do love the What a Wonderful World segment, but this is by far Robin Williams at his best with a script just going nuts.
3. World According to Garp
World according to Garp, is a john Lithgow/Robin Williams/Glenn Close tour de force. The movie just rolls whenever one of them is onscreen.
Its a very good book, if you have never read it, and the movie, in its own way, is just as solid. I’m almost surprised it hasn’t been redone, especially after Kinsey came out. I do wonder if it would fly in today’s world or what the current political forces would think of it. Maybe a mini-series on lifetime. If you have not seen this movie, you need to watch it. It is utterly amazing that ROBIN WILLIAMS did this movie and pulled it off. I don’t think he cracks a joke the entire movie after he gets the girl.
Robin Williams might have done his best job here, this might have been his best performance here.
2. Good Will Hunting
Never cracks a joke, rarely even gives a smile until the end, Robin Williams just gives a powerful performance, and when he discusses his wife, and Matt Damon finds his weak spot, its just a great scene. Next to the “apples” Scene, my favorite part in it, and lets be honest, there isn’t another scene close to it.
1. Dead Poets Society
This is NOT a Robin Williams movie.
The teacher could have been done by Kevin Kline. He could have done this and the movie been almost as good. Almost.
Williams gives one of those performances where he just doesn’t have to be goofy or manic, he just has to be a solid actor, with a twinkle in his eye, and Williams pulls it off. He’s comedic when he needs to be, and strong when he has to be. Its a Solid Effort in a role that was small, but he brought his working boots to the set. It would have still been a great movie if a Kevin Kline did the role, but Robin Williams comes in like Reggie Bush and gives it just the shove it needs to become a classic.
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