Mork and Mindy : The Story - The Show
Now it's pretty safe to say that life wasn't always so hectic for animated buffoon, Robin Williams (Chris Diamantopoulos). Once upon a time this bodacious seventies comedian, just tried his best to keep his wife, Valerie (Michelle Harrison), happy, by doing his stick on the streets, in the clubs, and by partaking in the now defunct Richard Pryor show.
However, one day, all of that turned around when Robin met two televisions bods -- Garry Marshall and Harvey Severson (Daniel Roebuck and David Richmond-Peck) -- who introduced him to the wonderful world of 'Mork and Minky'.
OK, in retrospect, this 'event' was both a joyous and strained experience for Robin to be apart of. On the one hand, he got to work with some great writers, directors, and such beautiful people as Pam Dawber (Erinn Hayes) for instance. Whilst, on the other hand, Robin started to feel confined by the television ratings system, the censorship guide, plus a certain celebrity who inadvertently steered him down a dark and dismal path of no return.
No. Not Raquel Welsh (Ona Grauer). Mores the pity. John Belushi (Tyler Labine). The coke-head comic of 'Saturday Night Live', who shows Robin an outlet to temper his new-found trappings of fame - drugs.
Oh! And if you think that's bad, due to this fledgling drug-habit, Robin grows estranged with his wife, Valerie, his dependency affects the show, and on top of that, sh*t happens too!
Well, when I say 'sh*t', what I mean by this is that what next transpires is a task that not even Orson is able resolve. As films come a calling - shows start a falling - relationships begin to fly - plus a friend and a sit-com eventually die.
Now like many of you who are the same age as I am (five-hundred and seven), I'm sure that you were first introduced to Robin Williams by watching him on the 'Mork and Mindy' television show. Heck, I can remember it as if it were yesterday. Channel Four. . Just after some program about asparagus. Bang! 'Nah-noo, nah-noo' became the buzz-word for the next half an hour or so, within a sit-com that was jam packed with colorful characters that made me laugh from start to finish.
OK, so now my own fandom is out of the way with (except if you click here that is), how good is 'The Unauthorized Story of Mork and Mindy', huh? Is it a Shazbot? Or is it a Hardy-Har-Har?
Well, a bit of both I suppose. Because I wasn't too keen on three things within this piece. Firstly, I did not like the way that the 'John Belushi' character seemed to act as a dark pariah for the 'Robin Williams' character. Almost insinuating that John was the chap to lead Robin astray. Secondly, I felt that this overall narrative told more than it showed. Not really illustrating visually the 'dark side' of Robin Williams, just giving you related exposition after the fact. And thirdly, considering that this film was meant to be about 'Mork and Mindy', there was not that much of 'Mindy' in it. Which is a shame, huh?
Granted, 'The Unauthorised Story of Mork and Mindy' isn't the best film I have ever seen. However, in the same breath, it is far from being the worst either. I personally like to think of it as a film well worth watching if you are a fan of Robin, bio-pics, seventies television, and jovial narratives. Wouldn't you agree pre-selected YouTube clip?
Ha! What a clown.
THE RATING: A