My Robin Williams tribute continues.
Aladdin and the King of Thieves – 1996
Robin Williams is back as The Genie. I was thirteen when this came out. Don’t remember a lot about the film, but was happy to have Williams back after Homer Simpson voiced The Genie him in the first sequel. Aladdin’s getting married and about to meet his long lost Father.
Good Will Hunting – 1997
Give that man an Oscar. Williams receives it in a deserved performance as Sean Maguire, a psychologist who helps Matt Damon in finding his path in life. Brilliantly written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, amazing directing by Gus Van Sant and Williams gets the praise he deserves.
Patch Adams – 1998
Based on a true story, Robin Williams plays Patch Adams, who heals people with humour. What’s not to like.
Bicentennial Man – 1999
Williams plays an android who endeavours to become human. Based on Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation no doubt. This is a charming non offensive film, you’ll laugh, you’ll sympathise and maybe you’ll shed a tear.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence – 2001
Now the rating for this film has nothing what-so-ever to do with Williams. If I’m honest, I don’t even remember him in the film. I did not enjoy this film and it should have ended 25 minutes before it did. I am sure Robin Williams did a fine job for his part.
One Hour Photo – 2002
I was mesmerised by this film. My childhood hero was creeping the shit out of people. Robin Williams was amazing in this film. He churned out a truly brilliant performance, and one I wasn’t expecting.
Death to Smoochy – 2002
I love this film. I’m a big fan of dark comedies and this ticks all the boxes. Williams plays Rainbow Randolph, a recently disgraced and fired children’s presenter. He wants his job back, and Edward Norton, his replacement is in his way. Danny DeVito directs, and if you like your comedy a bit on the dark side, give this one a viewing.
Insomnia – 2002
Williams had a busy year in 2002, and finishes it with Insomnia. This was one of Christopher Nolan’s earlier directing jobs. I did enjoy fan made fake The Dark Knight Rises trailer which had clips from this film in it and people all thinking that Robin Williams was going to be in it. ‘He’s going to be the Penguin.’ No he isn’t. Anyway another great performance by Williams.
RV: Runaway Vacation – 2006
I only watched this a few weeks ago. It’s a non-offensive comedy with Williams doing a fine job. Plenty of hilarity, don’t go into it expecting a breakthrough comedy you’ve never seen before, but if you fancy a laugh and Williams classic style, then pop it on.
Night at the Museum & Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian – 2006 & 2009
4 stars & 3 stars
The final two films of Robin Williams that I’ve seen are both of the Night at the Museum films. ‘Good Lord, Lawrence! Why are you slapping a monkey?’ Night at the Museum is a fantastic film, the sequel is still pretty good, but both are great family films that have something for all ages.
Needless to say, I will be watching more of his back catalogue. The Fisher King, Dead Poets Society and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen will be high up on the list. I’m looking forward to the third instalment of the Night at the Museum at Christmas. I would also be looking out for The Angriest Man in Brooklyn when it’s released in the UK.
Robin Williams is a legend. I’ve grown up watching his films and I’m sure Hollywood will be a sadder place without him.