Favorite Robin Williams Movie Scenes
Robin Williams, 1951 – 2014 (Photo by Peggy Sirota)
It’s been a week since Robin Williams passed away, and the void he left behind still feels so fresh and raw. Since Monday afternoon, social media platforms continue to be an outlet for the outpouring of feelings and memories that Robin Williams movie characters and comic whimsy evoked in his fans.
It’s sometimes strange to think how affected people can be by someone they’ve never personally known or met. The truth is that many of us formed significant attachments to Robin Williams through the characters that he played because, at some point in our lives, that particular character resonated with us.
For me, personally, it felt like my favorite Robin Williams movie characters were a part of my childhood and adolescence. In Aladdin, Hook, and Mrs. Doubtfire, Robin Williams gave me a sprinkling of magical adventure and old fashioned humor. In Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams gave me valuable life advice. He made me think and made me learn something.
The struggles and triumphs that his multiple characters took in their personal journeys mirrored and reflected the ups and downs in my own personal journey. Robin Williams felt like a part of my life, but I also weirdly felt like a part of his (or his characters’ lives, at least). So, when he passed, it felt like a part of my childhood had passed along with him.
It’s clear that many others feel the same way. Communities have connected over their shared feelings of grief, nostalgia, and loss. To pay personal tribute to Robin Williams, the Everlasting Footprint team has compiled some of our favorites from Robin Williams movie scenes and has shared a few words about what made those scenes so special.
My favorite Robin Williams movie was “Patch Adams.” It combined both his sense of humor and his serious dramatic acting, and it inspired millions, including me, by telling the story of an interesting, dedicated man. Williams’ portrayal made people want to change the world. Although he had many unforgettable roles, in “Patch Adams,” Robin Williams was something special.
My favorite Robin Williams movie is “Mrs. Doubtfire.” I loved that he was a dad who would do anything to spend more time with his kids. The evolution of his character from cool-but-irresponsible father to best-dad-ever was also very touching and inspiring. It showed how hard work, creative thinking, and a healthy dose of humor can go a long way.
My favorite Robin Williams movie is “Dead Poets Society” because Williams’ character’s idea of carpe diem just resonates with me. There are two great scenes from the movie. One is where John Keating says the line “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” The other is when the students all stand on their desks calling out “O Captain! My Captain!” to say their goodbyes to Keating.
My favorite is “Good Will Hunting.” My reasoning is that I thought this was just an all around great movie that made it easy to relate to both Matt Damon’s character as well as Robin Williams’ character. I think Robin did a great job proving that we all have our insecurities, and that’s what makes us human and relatable. The relationship between Damon and Robin was so powerful, and what was interesting was there were no good guys or bad guys. You just understood the pain of both of them and wanted each of their characters to come out on top and be happy.
I’d have to say “Good Will Hunting.” The scene on the bench where they talk about life experience versus facts is one of the greatest scenes of all time. His character was so right on. I’d rather experience love than read about it or know the smell in the Sistine Chapel rather than the facts about how it was built or pictures of the ceiling. I also love the scene where he talks about what love is really about. They are both laughing so hard about his wife’s funny quirks, and then he says, “my wife’s been dead for … years, and those are the things I remember. The good stuff that only I knew about.” Those two scenes have always stayed with me. They’re not just my favorite Robin Williams scenes but two of my favorite movie scenes of all time. What made him so great was he could go beyond humor and really hit you emotionally with his characters. Even his funny ones have a way of tugging at your heart string in one way or another.
There is always a pervading feeling of grief when someone dies, but it feels so much more painful when that person is full of light and happiness because the world feels that much darker and sadder without him. It’s a true testament to Robin Williams’ life and his work that he had the ability to emotionally touch so many people without physically meeting them.
You are truly missed, Robin Williams.
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