This is a great film. I’ve always been slightly dubious about Robin Williams, after I heard that on the stand-up circuit he used to shamelessly steal material from other comedians; but in terms of energy and improvisation, there’s no other comic actor to touch him, except maybe Jim Carrey.
Like Jim Carrey, Williams’ best roles are those which are comic with a huge slice of realism involved. Good Morning Vietnam is one of those films, and the music contained on the soundtrack are a great reminder of the happy / sad dynamic that the movie puts across.
I’ve never been a fan of soundtrack albums that have dialogue interspersed with the music tracks, but it works so well here, essentially because Williams is playing a DJ – so the whole album sounds like a radio program. This is probably the first time I heard Them’s version of Baby Please Don’t Go (with a young studio musician named Jimmy Page playing guitar).
Hit: What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Hidden Gem: Baby Please Don’t Go – Them