Robin Williams has been gone since August of 2014, but I still find it hard to believe he is gone. Every now and then I will be scrolling through on the tv remote and come across a movie or something he was in and it give me a moment of both sadness and happiness. Such an incident happened yesterday when I happened to come across and episode of Mork and Mindy. Found myself watching them rest of it laughing at the antics that was Robin Williams. Thus I decided to share a post about his and how he has touched us through the years.
As this is a travel site, and there are too many Robin Williams movies to list my favorite, I will focus on his travel related movies. However, before I start, I have to mention the one movie that affected me the most, Mrs. Doubtfire. It touched me in a way I never would have thought when Gene and I went to go see it. My mom and dad separated and got divorced when we were little. We got through it, however, life was never the same. I grew up and apparently buried feelings that I didn’t know I even had. He was talking to the kids and all of these feelings and guilt came rushing back to me. Remembering that feeling that if we had on been better, kept our rooms clean, didn’t fight as much, etc our mom and dad wouldn’t have split up, really hurt.
As an adult I totally understand that it had nothing to do with us, but that was how I was feeling when it was all so fresh and new. Watching some of these scenes made it feel like it was yesterday, not years before. I had tears running down my face, and I couldn’t wait to tell my mom I loved her. It really touched me and still moves me every time I watch it. Well enough of the sappy stuff, here are some of the amusing travel movies that starred Robin Williams:
Jack Moniker (Robin Williams) is a retired firefighter who teams up with reggae singer Ernest Reed (Jimmy Cliff) to open a tropical island resort. In addition to local eccentrics such as British layabout Anthony Cloyden Hayes (Peter O’Toole), Jack and Ernest are joined by tourists eager to stay at their resort, including the goofy, party-seeking duo of Barry (Eugene Levy) and Barry (Rick Moranis). Unfortunately, whiny customers and greedy land developers threaten to spoil the fun.
Radio funny man Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams) is sent to Vietnam to bring a little comedy back into the lives of the soldiers. After setting up shop, Cronauer delights the G.I.s but shocks his superior officer, Sergeant Major Dickerson (J.T. Walsh), with his irreverent take on the war. While Dickerson attempts to censor Cronauer’s broadcasts, Cronauer pursues a relationship with a Vietnamese girl named Trinh (Chintara Sukapatana), who shows him the horrors of war first-hand.
During the “Age of Reason” of the late 18th century, the Turkish army lays siege to a European city where a theater production about the extraordinary heroics of famed German aristocrat Baron Münchhausen is underway. A man steps forward to object that the performance is full of inaccuracies, claiming that he is the real Baron Münchhausen (John Neville). When the Turkish army approaches with gunfire, the baron undertakes his latest adventure with his promise to defend the city.
The Munros are a typically American dysfunctional family, complete with rebellious, uncommunicative offspring and baffled parents. Patriarch Bob (Robin Williams) would like to remedy the situation before his son and daughter instant-message their parents out of their lives. Bob rents a motor home to take the clan on vacation. However he soon finds that camping and togetherness can be hazardous to one’s health.
I have always enjoyed Robin Williams’s movies and they will have a special place in my heart. It’s so sad that he was so unhappy, but gave so much happiness to so many. Luckily for us, we will always be able to relive those happy memories in his movies for years to come. Why not pop some popcorn and watch one of your favorite movies. Thank you Robin! You are truly missed.
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