I’d be a liar if I told you I didn’t tear up numerous times while I watched Awakenings. One of the most heart wrenching films that I’ve seen in a while. Once again the genius acting side of Robin Williams was showcased in this film by director Penny Marshall. I love films like this, they’re my guilty pleasure. I had the biggest smile on my face when the experimental medicine worked on Leonard Lowe (Robert De Niro) who did an overall fantastic job in the film. His facial expressions made Leonard the character that he was. I teared up when Leonard spoke to his mother for the first time in 20+ years because he disease kept him from doing so. Tons of moments in the film where I was smiling from ear to ear as well in joy in the progress made by Leonard and the other patients. That’s when it started to go down hill though, emotionally speaking. The hardest scene to watch was when Leonard was having a convulsion and forced Dr. Sayer to film him so he could learn more about the disease. The amount of selflessness Leonard had was tremendous. Well worth the two hour watch as a whole.