Starring: Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins, Maggie Smith, Caroline Goodall, Charlie Korsmo, Amber Scott, Dante Basco

Directed By: Steven Spielberg

This isn’t really a review. I can’t really review one of my favorite films from my childhood, that remains one of my favorite films to watch on a cloudy day. It is always rewatchable.

It’s also incredibly heartbreaking to watch now that both Robin Williams and Bob Hoskins have passed.I’m watching the film, of course, because Williams passed yesterday.

Watching his performance, as a boring father who risks everything to save his kids, and transforms back into the child everyone fell in love with, is everything. It’s also very sad, because you realize that he learns that through happy thoughts you can do the impossible. For a man so incredibly depressed, he certainly had no problem creating the most happy moments in film, and making us all laugh.

I could never properly review this film, because it holds a very special place in my heart. I love Rufio. I love Dustin Hoffman’s glorious performance as Hook. Johnny Depp owes a lot to Hoffman, who really deserved an Oscar nomination for his role (he did get nominated for a Golden Globe, so I’m not entirely crazy).

I’ve used Dustin Hoffman’s mini-monologue to Maggie in auditions before.

I don’t know how I would feel about this movie if I was an adult watching it, but I’d like to think that even then it would bring out the kid in me. And the score is incredible. Absolutely beautiful music.

Up next? Jumanji. Robin Williams left behind so many great films.


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