You know a Robin Williams movie I really liked when I was little that is probably overlooked when compared with Aladdin and Mrs Doubtfire was Jack, where he played a 10 year old kid that had this disorder where he would grow four times as fast so he was in an adult body.
I don’t think critics liked this movie much, but I don’t know if they think it wasn’t up to Robin Williams’ standards or it wasn’t up to Francis Ford Coppola’s standards. Like not every movie can be The Godfather, stfu critics.
Maybe, looking back, it would seem too sentimental if I was watching it for the first time as an adult. I think a lot of his movies in this time were pretty sentimental, it was the post-Good Will Hunting time when people were like “wow! he can act!” so they put him in this, and Patch Adams and the one where he was a robot which combined classic “LOOK AT ME I’M ROBIN WILLIAMS AND I’M ZANY!” scenes with “but my wife is dead and I’m sad” scenes. But you need real talent and range to do that convincingly and cohesively.
I don’t think something being sentimental is really a criticism anyway. It made me feel stuff. And that’s good. People who don’t feel stuff when they watch movies, I think they just want to be “too cool for school” you know? Because they don’t let themselves go and believe the story that makes them special.
And I liked Diane Lane in this I thought she was a cool mum.