Robin Williams, one of my favorite actors, passed away today, even more tragic it’s of apparent suicide. In his honor, here are two reviews from some of his best work.
Original Release: November 24th, 1993
Directed by: Chris Columbus
Written by: Randi Mayem Singer & Leslie Dixon
Starring: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan
This 90’s classic is arguably Robin Williams’ most iconic role and after many repeat viewings, it’s easy to see why. Williams effortlessly plays the dual role of sassy Scottish housekeeper, Mrs. Doubtfire, and sweet devoted father, Daniel. He hits the highs and lows of both emotional arcs of his characters. The script is witty, endearing, and fun with an energetic soundtrack. The characters are intriguing, well rounded, and relatable being brought to life by a terrific cast. As a family friendly movie it deals with serious issues in a super smart way, making me laugh and cry as child and even now as an adult.
One Hour Photo
Original Release: September 13th, 2002
Written and Directed by: Mark Romanek
Starring: Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan
Williams gives a brilliant performance in this psychological thriller. He plays lonely but creepy Sy, the photo guy, with such an intense subtlety. From when gets his photo taken to arranging the photos he’s taken at the end, he draws you in and makes you feel such sympathy for Sy but fear him at the same time. The cinematography moves swiftly from scene to scene, but lingers nicely when necessary. The score is a weird mix of eerie and bright. This movie, but more so Williams’ performance, deserves a bit more recognition and accolades.