After the death of Robin Williams, I was prompted to watch some of his more popular movies that I didn’t make time for when he was alive. (That’s a perfect example of why a singer’s record sales go through the roof immediately after the singer’s death.) Because other people were thinking just like me, Netflix had a long waiting list on the movies that finally arrived in the past couple of weeks:
- Moscow on the Hudson (1984)
- Awakenings (1990)
- Patch Adams (1998)
I didn’t enjoy Moscow on the Hudson because Robin Williams is not realistic as a romantic lead. But his co-star Maria Conchita Alonzo was superb. As suggested in the movie, She’s Out of My League, a nine like Maria doesn’t hook up with a six like Robin. One star.
Awakenings, which is based on a true story, was enjoyable because Robin Williams plays the sincere, sensitive guy trying to soften a heartless world. Kind of like the guy he plays in Good Will Hunting and Dead Poets Society. Three stars.
Patch Adams was a bit better than Moscow on the Hudson, but not as good as Awakenings because, although Williams is that sincere, sensitive guy, he is also too much of an irresponsible iconoclast, like Good Morning Vietnam and Mrs. Doubtfire. I don’t like guys like that. Two stars.