One of the newest documentaries from HBO is a touching, heartfelt film entitled Come Inside My Mind. The film depicts the life of beloved comedian, actor, and all-around genius Robin Williams. We lost the impressive talent in August of 2014, at the age of 63, when he took his own life.
Getting Inside His Mind
While Robin Williams was a household name to millions, fans knew little about the actor’s life. He enjoyed keeping his personal life private, as it allowed him to maintain some semblance of balance in his life. In Come Inside My Mind, we get to peek into the personal life of one of the greatest actors of all time. However, the story is not one-sided, as we get to see the happy moments alongside the darker ones. The documentary tells Williams’ story largely through never-before-seen footage of him with his family as well as other actors. The archive footage is bridged by interviews with friends and co-stars including Steve Martin, Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, David Letterman and many more.
Capturing The Magic
The film’s director, Marina Zenovich, is an accomplished documentary filmmaker, having made several documentaries about celebrities. In many ways, her feature Omit the Logic, about the life and times of comedian Richard Pryor, was a stepping stone to Come Inside My Mind. In an interview with Women and Hollywood magazine, Zenovich said she was a huge fan of Williams and wanted to “get to know him better.” As a result of beginning her project as if she knew nothing about Williams, she was able to honestly tell his story. Zenovich wants audiences to appreciate his work in a new way and shed light on the real person behind the comedian we all know and love.
Robin Williams: Actor. Funnyman. Legend. Human
However, no work of art is complete without difficulties and hurdles along the way. Zenovich said there were many challenges working on the film. The biggest one, according to the director, was “doing justice to his comedy.” She found capturing the magic of Williams’ comedy challenging because it’s “so quick and in the moment.”
Above all, Zenovitch’s main goal was to portray Williams’ hilarious moments alongside his most vulnerable, human ones. Yet, her desire to balance the documentary was challenging. Williams’ darkest moments stood in contrast to his hysterical, on-stage moments. Ultimately, Zenovich went with what she felt was right, and it paid off. Variety called the film “sharp-edged, humane, and deeply researched enough to take you closer to the manic engine of Williams’ brilliance and pain.”
We’re looking forward to watching the documentary so we can reminisce about one of the greatest comic voices to ever walk the earth. Most importantly, though, we can’t wait to see the iconic Robin Williams alive on screen again.
Sources: Come Inside My Mind (2018), HBO.