Hey there, and happy Thursday to you! ❤ I hope your week is going well. 🙂 Today’s post was such a fun one to write! Back in October of last year, I finally watched Mrs. Doubtfire all the way through for the first time, and it is now one of my favorite movies. I regret waiting so long to watch it!
Robin Williams did such a brilliant job with every role he took on in his acting career, even if the movies themselves were full of flaws. Mrs. Doubtfire is one such film, because there are many things I wish were different about it, but it’s still completely worth watching since he’s the main actor. Because this blog series is all about why I love certain books and movies, I won’t be touching on the cons of Mrs. Doubtfire – I will instead share with you 10 reasons why I love it!
I decided to pick a cup of tea for the featured image because he swears by his tea-making skills in the movie, haha. Happy reading! 🙂
1. His many voice impressions. I am a lover of realistic vocal impersonations myself, and have become quite good at it over the years. I relate to Robin Williams on such a deep level when he puts his voice actor skills to work, haha! (That’s his job at the beginning of this movie.) He finds any reason to take on different personalities and vocal ranges with his voice, and Mrs. Doubtfire encourages this skill. It’s impossible for me not to laugh when he makes quips while doing this, as it greatly adds to his humor.
2. The opening scene. We’re introduced to his character (named Daniel) shortly before his job as a voice actor draws to a temporary close, as he wasn’t getting along with the people who were giving him his lines. After bickering with the director, he takes off his headphones, giving the man with wire-rim glasses a woeful look as Daniel makes one last statement (in character, of course), then grabs his coat and makes a grand exit. Thus begins the movie!
3. The transformation. In the process of finding the identity for Mrs. Doubtfire, he and his brother (the makeup artist) experiment with various costumes, types of costume makeup, and crazy wigs, as well. I’m sure the movie wouldn’t have been half as successful as it was had he gone with any of the other ensembles he tried out, as they were quite horrible to look at, haha! (Those fake eyelashes were a killer.)
4. All of the “nanny” scenes. Watching him clean their apartment, make the kids do their homework instead of watch TV, and concoct cooking disasters in their kitchen is hilarious to watch! Especially when he’s happy that his wife and kids are happy, because then he’s dancing while vacuuming and things like that, haha, all while dressed up as Mrs. Doubtfire.
5. Mrs. Doubtfire’s voice. This should really be at the top of the list, but I thought this would be the best place to put it on the list. lol I can’t get over how much I love the voice he made for this character! One may think this goes along with my first point, but it really doesn’t.
6. The emotions he and his children expressed. The viewer is easily able to believe that Daniel didn’t see this coming, and that news of their parents’ divorce really affected the children. It’s sad to watch, but they did a wonderful job of making it real.
7. The background song choices. “Dude (Looks Like A Lady)” and “Walk Like A Man” are beyond perfect for the soundtrack of this movie. hahaha it’s too good!
8. The conversations he had with his wife. The fact that movie viewers know it’s Daniel, paired with him talking to his wife who thinks he’s an old woman … the actors did a great job with these scenes! I love when she slowly starts recognizing that Mrs. Doubtfire looks like someone she knows, and then Daniel quickly turns away and changes the subject. lol
9. When he switches back and forth between personalities. There’s a scene where a woman comes over to his apartment to see how he’s keeping up with it, and she arrives at the doorstep just as he’s unlocking the door to let himself in … dressed as Mrs. Doubtfire. Quickly claiming to be the much-older sister of himself, he welcomes the woman inside and pulls a quick-change in the next room. To keep up the facade, he talks to himself, flawlessly switching between his own voice and Mrs. Doubtfire’s.
10. The revelation scene at the end. It all happened at his wife’s favorite restaurant … watching him attempt to evenly split the evening between an important work appointment and his wife’s birthday dinner quickly turns into a hilarious disaster. If for no other reason, the movie is worth watching just for this twenty-minute scene!!
Thank you so much for reading! I love getting to talk about my favorite books and movies, so this post was a joy to write. ❤
Let me know in the comments below:
Do YOU love Mrs. Doubtfire?