“I had one job and one job only…to keep a straight face. Whatever you said…he absorbed it, washed around in his um Williamness annnd shot right back at you.” – Henry Winkler
Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Apr 2016)
Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the tortured life of one of the funniest comedian’s ever who made us all laugh so hard we cried.
My Take on it – I have always loved watching anything featuring Robin Williams because you never know what to expect from him besides the unexpected.
His late-night interviews, stand up routines and movies were always filled with so much energy that the end results were always wondrous to watch.
His tragic death nearly two years ago was felt by anyone and everyone who have been amazed by his work over the past 40+ years.
When I heard about this documentary about his life from Kieron and Richard, I knew I had to watch it.
This film is bittersweet because it gives us so much about his roller coaster life that we can see the ups and downs and we go from extreme joy and laughter to extreme sadness knowing that the further laughter has ended.
We get a great overview of his entire life with clips and snippets of some of his funniest work.
This is all interspersed by interviews with close friends and colleagues and with Williams himself which are all injected with lots of emotion
My favorite parts tho are the clips of him performing for soldiers overseas with the USO. It reminded me of the very sad climactic scene from Good Morning Vietnam (1987) where he ‘roasts’ the soldiers who are about to go off into battle.
This is such a fitting tribute to his life and I just didn’t want it to end at all.
Bottom Line – Excellent documentary that you never want to end. Gives a great overview of the tragic personal life of one of the best improv comedians ever to live. The interviews with fellow comics and Williams himself as so emotiobal to watch. His USO shows shown here reminded me of the climactic scene in Good Morning Vietnam (1987) which is so fitting for him. He will be dearly missed.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In 1973, Williams attained a full scholarship to the Juilliard School in New York City. He was one of only 20 students accepted into the freshman class and one of only two students to be accepted by John Houseman into the Advanced Program at the school that year; the other was Christopher Reeve. (From Wikipedia)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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Retweeted this. Lovely review. I need to see this.
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Cool. Tnx Alex. Can’t wait to hear ur thoughts on it!
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