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And Robin Williams’ best roles are…

April 10, 2011


Folks, couldn’t agree with ya’ more, but he sure does make for one awfully convincing psychopath. Just glad to see that “comedic” didn’t win. With the exception of Mrs. Doubtfire, that whole mental patient-on-crack bit of his just doesn’t do it for me.

And on that note, solid voting, y’all.

– Dramatic: 19 votes
– Comedic: 11 votes
– Psychotic: 11 votes

Man, I really need to revisit Dead Poets Society. What a freakin’ movie.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. April 10, 2011 11:22 am

    I don’t like the Robie Williams Comedies but I think he have relized a good role in Dramatic Movies. And I agree, Dead Poets Society is an amazing movie.

    “Oh Capitan, my Capitan”

    • April 10, 2011 9:11 pm

      Yeah, it’s pretty rare that Robin gets me laughing, but he kicks ass in the dramatic department.

      And thanks for visiting!

  2. April 10, 2011 10:48 pm

    As a comedian, Williams is top notch. Impersonations, stand up. He rocks in those regards. But when that comedy is translated to the screen it doesn’t always work (although… Aladdin is a classic, all three of them I say). I think it says a lot about him as an artist, though, in that we can laugh so hard during a stand up routine and yet feel so emotionally connected during a dramatic role. Very versatile, and I don’t think he’s given the credit he deserves sometimes. Good Will Hunting, ’nuff said.

    • May 2, 2011 3:47 pm

      Idk, man. I didn’t laugh once during that NY standup special he had on HBO a while back. But still, very versatile dude and he was perfect in Aladdin, just would take a dramatic/psychotic role over his rambling jokes any day.

  3. Moose permalink
    April 11, 2011 9:47 am

    I hate Robin Williams as a comedian. I hate his stand up, I hate most of his comedy movies(Mrs. Doubtfire and maybe Jack being his only ones barable to me). His tweaking stlye of saying random words to try and be offensive and trick the audience into laughing at dirty jokes is grating to me.

    But he can be so good in his dramatic roles. Good Will Hunting is an amazing movie, and he is probably my favorite part of it. And even movies I haven’t seen because of my hate for the man are praised by others. Dead Poets Society, which you mentioned, and Good Morning Vietnam(which you surprisingly bashed on here) are supposed to be movies where he shines.

    • May 2, 2011 3:48 pm

      Totally agree. Had to turn off Good Morning, Vietnam ’cause of that shtick of his (but I totally need to revisit that and give it a fair shot). And you gotta see Dead Poets Society. He is the man there.

  4. mcarteratthemovies permalink
    April 11, 2011 3:53 pm

    The people have spoken and I can’t disagree with them … although my favorite Williams film is “Good Morning, Vietnam” — even over “Dead Poets’ Society.”

    • May 2, 2011 3:49 pm

      Damn, I really gotta watch that whole movie. For shame, Aiden. For shame…

  5. April 11, 2011 11:04 pm

    Insomnia and 24 Hour Photo freezes my blood. He’s good…

  6. April 13, 2011 1:11 pm

    I forgot to vote but I’d agree w/ the results! Yes, Williams should do more dramatic roles. Oh how I loved Dead Poets Society, it made me cry so much when I was in high school. LOVE Mrs Doubtfire though, so yeah, that’s a good exception.

    • May 2, 2011 3:51 pm

      DPS and Stand By Me should be required viewing in high school IMHO. So weird how Mrs. Doubtfire is so awesome and everything else is just painful to sit through though.

  7. April 15, 2011 6:55 pm

    Haven’t seen Dead Poets society but I probably should right? My initial reaction was to disagree with the vote but then I started to think of all my favourite Robin Williams films and they are mostly dramatic roles. He has a very unique screen personality which he brings to whatever type of role he does.

    • May 2, 2011 3:52 pm

      You definitely should. Don’t know what you’re missin’, homey. And you’re right, can’t really think of anyone who’s “like Robin Williams”.

  8. Marc permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:52 am

    Something about his over the top comedy just doesn’t work outside of the 80’s or since we’ve grown up. His dramatic acting chops are awesome. Good to see this side of him win out…although it’s funny to see his psychotic is in a dead heat with his comedic side:P

    • May 2, 2011 3:54 pm

      Haha. Yeah, that was a weird turnout. Dude’s got range, I guess

  9. April 27, 2011 2:16 am

    Hey – I just rewatched DPS last week. Held up just fine for me, and I still – still! – get misty at the end. Strong film that might never age. Helps that I went to Catholic school through high school, but it’s message is pretty universal nonetheless, and Williams is at his best in it.

    It’s weird – there was a time when he was considered hilarious, but yeah, his dramatic roles far outweigh the comedic, though I suppose you could argue that it’s a 70/30 drama/comedy split that might work the best for him.

    • May 2, 2011 3:56 pm

      Dude, how can you not get misty at the end of that, especially for us Catholic schoolers? And how about Red Foreman/Clarence Boddiker? What a DICK!

      Maybe I’d be singing a different tune if I had grown up with Mork and Mindy or something, but as is, I ain’t laughing.


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