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Happy Birthday Captain: Classics of Robin Williams that would touch your heart

Raktim Das

Raktim Das
Jul 21, 2021

Noteworthy movies of iconic Robin Williams

An unparalleled artiste and exceptional performer, Robin Williams was an actor much ahead of his times. Breathing life into whichever role he played, he slid into the shade of his character seamlessly, and gave classics one after another, making him deserving of the numerous accolades and recognitions, he won throughout his lifetime. From the John Keating to Alan Parish, from Adrian Cronauer to Mrs Doubtfire, from Theodore Roosevelt to Genie – all his performances will stay with us forever.

Paying homage to the legacy left behind by the legend, OTTplay presents to you a curated list of his unforgettable masterpieces:

1
Good Morning, Vietnam
7.6OTTplay Rating
Revolving around a jockey, enlisted to work for the US Armed Forces Radio Service in Vietnam, the movie has an underlying current of honesty that charms its way to our hearts, as we see the protagonist Adrian, providing relief to the soldiers, alongside battling his own emotions and ideologies. Combining humour and irony at multiple levels, and spiced up with the add-on of drama, Robin Williams delivers one of his most memorable performances, earning him his first Oscar nomination (best actor) and Golden Globe award.
2
Dead Poets Society
8.5OTTplay Rating
An all-time classic, the movie speaks about passion and friendship, teaching us to dream bigger. Set in the 1950s in an uptight preparatory academy, Robin Williams as the teacher, John Keating, is a delight to watch, making us fall in love with the character in every scene, while he teaches the students  how to be true to ourselves, no matter what life throws at us. Weaving a magical web of poetry and realism of life, it would make you laugh as well as cry at the raw truths, rightfully earning Williams his second Oscar nomination.
3
Aladdin
8.2OTTplay Rating
Giving birth to an iconic character in Disney’s Broadway adaptation of the popular story, Robin Williams voices over the role of Genie, amplifying the original character with his mannerisms, wit and humour. Adding his natural flair to the genie freed by the thief Aladdin, he was one of the key factors that led to the success of the film, which is deemed to be among the best of Disney movies, lauded by audiences and critics alike.
4
Good Will Hunting
8.4OTTplay Rating
An ageless masterpiece, the movie focusses on Will Hunting, an incredible genius, who consults a psychiatrist, Sean Maguire, to deal with his emotional problems. Beautifully written and funny at points yet quietly devastating, supplemented by heartfelt performances, the movie is a must watch with Robin Williams as the heart and soul of the film, winning him his deserved Oscar on his fourth nomination in 1998, for Best Supporting Actor.
5
The Fisher King
7.7OTTplay Rating
Unique script and unconventional story-telling, along with the unpredictable nature, fills this movie with genuine moments that would make you watch it again and again. It follows the story of a narcissistic radio jockey Jack, whose insensitive comments leads to a mass murder by a caller, throwing him into a spiral of guilt. As he contemplates suicide, he meets a homeless man Parry, played by Robin Williams, and decides to help him out, setting him on a path of redemption.  At its most outrageously entertaining, the film is bound to take you on a ride up the waves of humour, heartbreak and ravishing romance.
6
Jumanji
7.3OTTplay Rating
A light-hearted movie, this original Jumanji is based on a board game of the same name, that comes to life and traps a young boy, Alan, inside, only to be rescued years later by two kids. But they must finish the game to free him, all the while facing different kinds of danger that the game throws at them. Playing the role of Alan is Robin Williams, who perfectly captures the essence of a man-child, trapped inside the game for years, making Jumanji an entertaining classic to watch.
7
Night at the Museum
6.5OTTplay Rating
Some movies never get old, filling us with childlike awe whenever we watch them. One of them is surely Shawn Levy’s Night at the Museum, that utilises elements of magic, fun, humour and adventure to imprint itself in the history of pop-culture. A fantasy drama, the movie hits all the right spots of entertainment, and is enhanced by the hilarious performance of Robin Williams as Theodore Roosevelt.
8
Mrs. Doubtfire
7.1OTTplay Rating
A phenomenal combination of drama and comedy at its absolute best, the movie has a simple script at its core, based on a struggling actor, who puts on the disguise of a nanny to visit his children. However, when seen with the magical touch of Robin William’s performance as Mrs Doubtfire, the movie is bound to leave you in splits.
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