What ensues is a deeply personal look back at Williams’ final days, through the eyes of Schneider Williams, friends, and professional colleagues who could tell that something was wrong with him but were lost in terms of understanding it.
That last category includes not only Levy, who noticed the lapses while making the second “Night” sequel, but writer-producer David E. Kelley, who cast Williams in the CBS comedy “The Crazy Ones.”
Much of “Robin’s Wish” focuses on the science surrounding the disease, which Dr. Bruce Miller describes as “progressively irreversible, unstoppable, and always fatal,” as well as often misdiagnosed, as it was in Williams’ case.
In a statement released with the film, director Tylor Norwood underscores the project’s objective, expressing his admiration for Williams, and the hope that the film “rights a wrong that was done to him, and takes away a cloud that has unjustly hung over his legacy for far too long.”
The heartbreaking aspect of “Robin’s Wish” lies in the fact that Williams died without knowing what was happening to him, while there’s uplift in Schneider Williams’ determination to set the record straight. How well that works translating that specific mission into a stand-alone documentary is, to some extent, another matter.
“Robin’s Wish” is available on demand beginning Sept. 1.