[Celluloid Hero] My Favorite Robin Williams Movies
Normally I do a Top 5 list, but I really just found it too hard to eliminate a lot of these movies from the top. These are my faves, what are yours?
Instead of ranking the movies, I’m actually going to take them chronologically.
Louie (2012) – This is cheating since it’s not a movie, but I thought his guest spot on the show “Louie” was wonderful, and kind of haunting in retrospect.
Now to the movies:
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) – Would someone still have to go through boot camp if they wanted to be an Army DJ? …I’m just asking for a friend.
The Fisher King (1991) – I’m partial to movies with radio themes, and I’ve also loved everything Terry Gilliam has done. Williams combines his humor with really emotional dramatic acting.
Hook (1991) – I think you have this movie to thank/blame for the trend of reboots and origin stories and long-after-the-original-sequels, but it’s still one I have fond memories of.
Aladdin (1992) – I’m just the right age that I enjoyed this movie as a kid, and not just in an ironic sense. I was also young enough that I wasn’t burned out on Williams’ frenetic style.
The Birdcage (1996) – I will stop and watch this whenever it comes on.
Good Will Hunting (1997) – The first time I saw it, I was probably just a few years too young to really appreciate it, but it’s gotten better as I age.
What Dreams May Come (1998) – Beautiful visuals and a heart-breaking story.
Insomnia (2002) – A great atmospheric thriller, directed by Christopher Nolan in his pre-Batman days.
Death to Smoochy (2002) – A fantastic black comedy, teaming Williams up with Ed Norton and Danny DeVito.
One Hour Photo (2002) – A genuinely creepy and sad movie. A great moment where Williams relies purely on drama, with no comic relief.
The Final Cut (2004) – Definitely a lesser-known movie in the Williams filmography, but worth a shot. A sci-fi thriller about losing all privacy in our lives.