This may be a bit late but I've stalled writing this for some time. I'm unsure why but I think it draws from something in me that just hates the idea of writing about this man in the past tense. It makes him not being here just that more real. It upsets me to think that this is another man whose hand I'll never have the pleasure of shaking and the hope of sharing a joke as faded away like writing in the sand. Dwelling like this doesn't make it easier so let's get to the point.
Robin Williams was a great comedy, a terrific actor, and an astounding personality that we all had the pleasure of having in our lives. I still recall being a teenager and repeating jokes from his Live on Broadway stand up special from 2002, and I probably still could to this day. You can't deny that some of his iconic roles have been etched as classics to anyone from that generation and will continue to be. From Good Morning, Vietnam to Jumanji, from being Peter Pan to a Genie, and everything in between, nearly everything this man did was worth watching.
Of course, there were the few that some may have not liked so much. I know I personally have not yet sat through One Hour Photo but I'll never deny that I thought Bicentennial Man was a really good movie. I also haven't given that TV show he was on a shot but it only lasted one season and it's on Netflix so I'll get to it.
For this, the movie I want to reflect on is his last movie. And I'm not talking about the 3rd Night at The Museum movie because I don't count that as a strictly Robin movie. It's mostly Ben Stillers movie and Robin is just in it. The movie I'm talking about right now is [The Angriest Man in Brooklyn](movie:400225).
I know this probably didn't strike people as one of his greatest films and granted it's not but what some may not see is that with this movies basic plot and the unfortunate fact that Robin passed shortly after its release, it gives this this underlining, undoubtedly sad meaning behind it. I will admit it wasn't done to it's best potential but if you're able to look passed that and see the movie for what it is, especially if you were a Robin Williams fan, you can't help but have the feels rain over you like a tsunami.
Let me give you a run down. WARNING: I am about to go into strict detail of this film so whether or not you have seen it, I hope you see what I see or that this will open your mind up a bit.
The movie is based around his character, a Jewish lawyer living in Brooklyn that hates EVERYTHING, and Mila Kunis' character, a nurse who is having a really bad day. While sitting in her office, Williams doesn't seem to be pleased that he has been waiting so long and Kunis isn't even his real doctor. Out of anger, she tells him he only has 90 minutes to live.
This shocks Williams as he frantically leaves to try and figure what to do. He goes to his firm to speak with his colleagues and his brother played by Peter Dinklage(yes, Tyrion from Game of Thrones) who he seeks advice in a nonchalant way so as to not really tell them he's dying.
The basic advice they give him is to see as many loved ones as possible. But Williams discovers that he is a prick and not many people like him.
He isn't close with his wife.
He hasn't spoken to his son in a long time.
He's never been more distant from his brother.
And he has 90 minutes to live.
This just isn't his day. And it doesn't get any better after he finds out his wife has been cheating on him with their neighbor.
He leaves her in a rage and tries desperately to call whoever he can. Namely, his son, who runs a dance school. They haven't spoken since he dropped the idea of joining his fathers firm and instead he wanted to dance.
Another underlining factor in what makes Williams so miserable is that he had 2 sons and one of them passed away from a tragic accident. It tore him about and was undeniably the reason to why he is so bitter towards everything.
While all this is going on, Kunis realizes she made a huge mistake and needs to find him. Now, Williams hasn't told anyone he is actually dying but when Kunis goes to seek him out and explain it was all a mistake, that's when the pieces start falling into place. Everyone begins to understand why he was acting so weird.
While they are looking for him, he tries to set up a big lunch with all the people he wants to see, but only one person shows up. Someone he doesn't care for and who only means to yell at him about an ex girlfriend he apparently stole from them.
He cant stand it. Nothing is working out. All he wants is to speak with his son who he can't get a hold of and it becomes so much of a hassle to him that he snaps.
He finds himself at the brink of losing it and he's running out of time.
He wonders into a small electronic stores, buys a camera, and pays a homeless man to record him.
This is one of the greatest scenes in the entire movie. When you think about how Robin changed your life, you look at this scene and you almost feel like he is speaking directly to you. But I digress.
After this, Kunis finally discovers him about to jump off the Brooklyn bridge and tries to stop him. She fails yet jumps in after him. What is true is that he is dying but he can have surgery that may help prolong his life.
But before he takes that chance, he has to find his son.
He eventually gets to his dance studio where his son is waiting to hear back about his father. After blowing him off and discovering that he is dying, he hates himself for not speaking with him when he called. They share very simple words and a silent dance in his studio.
Williams eventually gets the surgery done and he is able to reconcile his relationships with the ones closest to him.
He eventually passes away and the ending scene is them spreading his ashes over a cruise ship. As they try to mourn, they are yelled at by an attendant who they all join in yelling and mocking him in the style of their missed loved one.
Now, the premise is far-fetched and though it wasn't done well, and that I might have butchered explaining it, it's hard to deny that the fate of this character is tragic yet thinking about how shortly after, the actor portraying him was also lost to us.
The group of his loved ones standing there, yelling the way he yelled in anger, is a representation of how we all are now, in this very moment in our lives, that he isn't around to make these jokes for us. It is in this moment of the movie that you realize that it is less about the storyline and more about how now we are living the tragedy that was born from the comedy. We are here watching these last few moments of him and we are unaware that this is it. It is with what he has left us, what he has created for us, that we now cherish. That is how we let him live on, no matter what, forever.