Today we remember the late, great Robin Williams who took his own life three years ago. He is sorely missed for his humor, his heart and his own unique brand of comedy that can never be duplicated.
When I think of Robin Williams, I think of one of my favorite childhood movies, Hook. There was no other actor who could have portrayed that character of the adult Peter Pan so perfectly.
His death also reminds me of how mental illness and depression specifically are not one size fits all diseases. For some people depression means staying home all day, mindlessly watching television and afraid to step out the door. For others, it means scheduling every moment of their day so they don’t have to face what is brewing inside them. For another group, it means putting on the mask and doing what has to be done, even though all they want to do is lay on the couch and watch television.
If I take away anything from his death (in addition to recent and heartbreaking loss of Chester Bennington), is that we need a new approach to treating mental illness. We also need to remove the stigma of mental health to allow those suffering to receive treatment openly and honestly.
Z”l Robin Williams. You are truly missed and loved.
Nearly 25 years ago, a little movie hit theaters. The movie was Hook and it’s star is the late and very missed Robin Williams.
Taking place a generation after the original Peter Pan story, the movie starts off with a very grownup Peter Pan, known as Peter Banning (Robin William). The mischievous, trouble making, charming boy has been replaced with an adult who spends more time at the office than he does with his family. When his kids are kidnapped by Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman), Peter must return to Neverland and save his children. The problem is that Peter is more in tuned with the pirates than the lost boys.
That being said, here are the reasons why I love this film:
1. It is one of my favorite childhood films.
2. Robin Williams was born to play this role.
3. What kid does not want Peter Pan as a father?
4. What kid at the time did not want Rufio’s hair or his skateboard?
5. It taught adults that it was ok to let out your inner kid every once in a while.
6. I was introduced me to Maggie Smith, who would later play one of my favorite television characters, the Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey.
7. It’s just a fun film.
8. The screenplay is completely quotable.
9. This film makes me feel old.
Here’s to Hook’s 25th anniversary, thanks for the memories.
Dear Robin Williams
I am sad to hear that you are no longer of this world.
I’ve been watching you perform for as long as I can remember.
I remember watching Mork and Mindy reruns as a kid.
Your mile a minute impressions in Aladdin made me laugh.
Your performances in Mrs. Doubtfire and Hook reminded me of a father’s unending love for his children.
Your performance in Good Will Hunting was searing and powerful.
And yet underneath all of that was a man we never knew and we may never know.
You were human and mortal like the rest of us. You had your own pain, your own scars.
You may be gone, but your legacy will live on forever.
My heart and prayers goes out to those who knew you best, especially your children.
Peter Pan is the immortal child, full of optimism and life. His arch enemy is the adult and cynical Captain Hook.
What is Peter Pan grew up, got married, had kids, took a corporate job and forgot who he was?
This is the premise of the 1991 movie Hook.
Peter Pan is now Peter Banning (Robin Williams), married to Wendy’s (Dame Maggie Smith) granddaughter, Moira (Caroline Goodall). When Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) kidnaps Peter’s kids, Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts) has to find Peter and bring back the boy she knew. But the Peter she finds is not the Peter she remembers. He has more in common with his arch enemy than the boy she knew.
I love this movie, it’s such an integral part of my childhood. What I still love about this movie more than twenty years later is that it’s about being an adult, but still remembering the child you were.
I recommend this movie.