The World According to Garp (1982)

world_according_to_garp“We’ll take the house. Honey, the chances of another plane hitting this house are astronomical. It’s been pre-disastered. We’re going to be safe here.” ” – T.S. Garp

Number of Times Seen – At least 5 times (cable in the 80’s, video in the 90’s and 13 May 2015)

Brief Synopsis – The life story of aspiring writer TS Garp who is raised by his single mother who teaches him about life in her own unique way.

My Take on it – Most people are familiar with some of Robin Williams superb comedic roles, but its easy to forget that he was an even better dramatic actor.

This movie is another fine example of that.

This was one of author John Irving’s first movies adapted for the screen but anyone who knows his work knows that he loves to tell stories revolving around very controversial issues. This movie doesn’t disappoint in that category either.

As with most books adapted for the screen, this movie feels as if it’s missing too much expository information which makes certain scenes feel as if they aren’t complete.

Glenn Close and John Lithgow are both superb in supporting roles.

Bottom Line – As funny as Williams could be in comedies, he really shined in dramatic roles. Irving loves controversial material and this movie is no exception to that. I assume the book tells a better narrative since stories like this are not the easiest to adapt to the screen. Close and Lithgow are both excellent in supporting roles. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – John Irving recalls how funny and profane Williams was while being waxed for the role of young Garp in his novel “My Movie Bussiness”. Williams was a very hairy man. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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