Review: Robin by David Itzkoff
I chose to read this biography of Robin Williams because for some reason I've loved him my entire life. I used to watch Mrs. Doubtfire every day for years.. and Any movie he was in, I would see. Hook, Flubber, What Dreams May Come, Dead Poets Society, Patch Adams. You name it, I've seen it.
The book Robin by David Itzkoff starts out giving a full detail of what Robin went through in childhood. I enjoyed learning so much about his childhood and getting an idea of where his personality came from.
It goes through every stage of his life. With real-life stories from friends that he grew up with or knew from school. You will recognize some big names of Robin Williams circle of friends from school.
Getting further into the book, you start to see just how brilliant Robin truly was. His mind works so differently than I would have ever imagined, and to read about these brilliant things he could come up with right on the spot was just fascinating. I always knew he was talented, but just reading about it makes it seem so much more incredible.
There are even geat tidbits about his show Mork and Mindy. I never watched that TV show until I read this documentary. It's really cool to learn about all that happened off-screen.
The book also goes into Robins older age and his mental illness that led to his Suicide. I'm glad they include the good, bad and ugly parts of his life. I believe it will continue to bring awareness to mental illness and the ways it can affect the thoughts and lives of those who suffer from it.
I enjoyed reading about Robin's personal life along with his career. There is so much that I learned about him that I didn't know. It was enjoyable to reminisce from all the roles he played in, and just see what it took for him to create those characters.
I truly recommend this book to any aspiring actor, comedian, or anyone who was just as obsessed with Robin Williams, as I am. I thought everything was tastefully put together, and well written. I hope you read it and let me know how you like it!