With a heavy heart, I am still saddened by the loss of Robin Williams. The world is just not be the same without his joyous spirit lifting those around him, and the world at large.
I think my favorite movie of his was actually not even a comedy, but a gorgeous drama called, What Dreams May Come. It was truly a masterpiece – both the acting, art and cinematography. But Robin’s performance (as well as everyone else in the movie) added such realism to help immerse us in their worlds. It is one of those movies that stays with you forever.
If you don’t remember it or have never seen it, here’s the synopsis:
After Chris Nielsen (Williams) dies in an accident, he tries to remain close to his beautiful mortal wife, Annie (Annabella Sciorra). With the friendly spirit (Gooding, Jr.) assigned to guide him, he begins to adapt to his new state of being in a setting that can only be described as heavenly. But when his distraught wife takes her own life, she is banished to an eternal damnation. Chris vows to find her so they can share eternity together, but no one has ever succeeded in rescuing a soul from such a horrific fate. With the help of his heavenly friends, Chris sets out on the most perilous and harrowing journey of his life, or afterlife: a quest for everlasting love that will take him to hell and back!
Another one of his best parts for me was as the favorite English teacher, John Keating. Here are a few great words to remember him by. #carpediem
We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse.
What will your verse be?