I’ve heard of this film before, but to be honest, I didn’t actually have any idea what it was about, or what to expect. But when I saw it was on the plane and a nine hour plane journey was waiting, I thought why not. And I’m glad I did, it is such a heart-warming great film. There are emotional, heart-breaking moments, but also it is full of comedy and you can’t help but smile throughout.
Directed by Chris Columbus, who we can trust directs great films and this one slots right into that category, amongst films like ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, ‘Pixels’ and ‘Home Alone’. ‘Mrs Doubtfire’ highlights the changes in technology – that’s nothing to do with the film, but you definitely recognise the old computers there were from 1993… Anyway, that’s besides the point.
If you’ve never heard of the film, then here’s a quick rundown. A loving father, Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams), is faced with a divorce from his wife, Miranda (Sally Field), when they are separated he does everything he can possibly do to see his children more than once a week. This happens to be pretending to be an old lady named Mrs Doubtfire and becoming a babysitter of their three children. This is a film of a desperate, hurt father, doing all he can for his children, Lydia (Lisa Jakub), Chris (Matthew Lawrence) and Natalie (Mara Wilson – little Matilda). This film covers the difficulties of divorce, something quite unique within film, and a moral to children who maybe going through the same thing. In this way, it is a beautiful film.
Robin Williams makes this film amazing. A key skill of voices in the film and out. Without him, this film wouldn’t be great at all, and because of him it’s an amazing, heart-warming, beautiful film. Robin Williams is hilarious both as the broken father Daniel Hillard and the strict, loving babysitter Mrs Doubtfire. He is brilliant in everything he does; the keeping of the secret of his new life is so cleverly made humorous. For example, when Mrs Doubtfire becomes snappy towards new boyfriend of his ex-wife, Stu (Pierce Brosnan), the audience understands why and laughs at his harsh comments and reasoning to why Miranda must wear the long frock she once wore at a funeral twenty years before, rather than the little black dress. His jumping from voice to voice is outstanding, something as an actor he is famous for anyway. His character is the best in the film, well it’s named after him, you would hope so!
I would recommend this film, I could watch ‘Mrs Doubtfire’ over and over again. A heart-warming, heart-breaking, beautiful, hilarious film that I won’t lie brought me to tears. A great film for the whole family to watch and appreciate. So watch the struggles of a desperate father and the comedy of a housekeeper keeping a secret of her identity.