Damnit. For all the travesties that Robin Williams has inflicted on the world the last 20 years, there’s hardly a soul that doesn’t appreciate his dramatic efforts. He’s a good actor, damnit. And, I’d presume, there’s no shortage of dark comedies and uplifting adult dramas that Williams wouldn’t be well suited to. And yet, the man — who is probably a millionaire 400 times over by now — continues to jump in bed with Disney and bad family films.
I understand that some actors need to do a “safe” movie in order to afford themselves the opportunity to make a more challenging one, but once you hit a certain age, make a certain amount of money, and acquire a certain cachet, you are no longer required to make the “safe” movie. You can coast on the good ones.
Robin Williams starred in one of the better movies of the year, World’s Greatest Dad, which you can still find in an occasional theater, if you look hard enough and are willing to travel long distances. He was phenomenal in it.
And yet, what’s the next movie he has coming out? Old Dogs, a movie that makes me want to Old Yeller myself. After that, Williams has just signed on to Wedding Banned, a movie with a description every bit as awful as the title. The logline: “Williams will play one-half of a long-divorced couple who kidnap their daughter on her wedding day in order to keep her from making a mistake. The divorced parents rekindle their relationship as they elude cops and the angry groom.”
Merciful angry hate fuck! Do something worthwhile with your life, Robin. Use your talent. Stop wasting it on movies that ask you to resurrect impressions of celebrities no one has even heard of anymore. No one cares about your Ethel Merman antics. Get off the Disney train. Stick to the dark side. End your career on a high note, brother.