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Robin's Wish

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Touching tribute to Williams' life, struggle with dementia.

Movie NR 2020 77 minutes
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This insightful, intimate documentary explores the real reasons behind Williams' death, pays tribute to the actor's kindness and generosity, and reminds audiences what a legend they lost. Susan is a fierce advocate for her husband's legacy, and she speaks candidly about the demons he fought during the last year of his life. It's almost a relief to find out about his rare, terminal condition, because it explains the depths of despair and confusion that the dementia caused. While depression is treatable, LBD is not, and Susan firmly believes that LBD was like a "terrorist" metaphorically taking over Robin's brain. But the film isn't just about LBD. It's also a tribute to Williams' dedication, passion, and art. Some of the best homages to him come from his waterfront Marin County mansion's neighbors, none of whom are in the industry. Fans will also be touched to hear about Williams' volunteer work with the USO and how often he connected with veterans and active-duty military.

It's surprising to hear from Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy, who reveals that Williams really wasn't himself on set -- and that everyone in the cast and crew knew he wasn't himself but kept it private until Susan went public with the autopsy report's findings. David E. Kelley, who produced The Crazy Ones, also chimes in about the obvious difficulties Williams had remembering his lines. In this age of the 24-hour news cycle, it's amazing that the filmmakers and their crews were able to keep Williams' behavior mostly to themselves. The only conspicuous missing piece from Robin's Wish is the involvement of Williams' children, who are active on social media and in discussing their father but who were involved in a bitter feud with Susan over part of his estate. Ultimately, the film is a testament to a widow's enduring love for her late husband and her commitment to sharing the truth about his little-known condition with the world.

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