I wrote this piece (a review/paper) for a film class I took at my local community college (Macomb) exactly ten years ago. 2004 was the year I wrote A LOT. With the stuff I wrote for MovieFreak (which I am proud to share), I was also writing a lot for classes (which I am more selective in sharing). This particular piece here, I am not proud of. The writing is bad. I didn’t proof-read the draft I handed to the teacher. I don’t even remember what grade I earned.
However, I HAVE to share this piece now, in honor of…
It’s interesting to look at some of Robin Williams’ films. As funny as he was, he sure picked some profound movies with dark themes: suicide.
What Dreams May Come, Patch Adams, and Dead Poets Society includes a significant character that commits suicide at some point in the film; and all three films focus on Robin Williams’ reaction to that suicide. Another film of his that strongly focuses on suicide is World Greatest Dad (which I’ve never seen).
Morbid doesn’t even come close to describe how bizarre Robin Williams passing is when you look at these films of his.
I recommend Dead Poets Society to anyone that has not seen it. Robin Williams has gone on record many times throughout the years, saying it was one of his favorite film experiences. So many inspiring lessons to learn from it. Robin Williams character in the film even says: “No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.”