A dying 15-year-old boy draws stories of an invincible superhero as he struggles with his mortality.
|Release Date||:||May 4, 2011|
|Production Company||:||Bavaria Pictures, Grand Pictures, Picture Circle|
|Writers||:||Anthony McCarten, Anthony McCarten|
|Casts||:||Andy Serkis, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Michael McElhatton, Sharon Horgan, Aisling Loftus|
A year ago I wrote a review about Matching Jack, an Ausralian film about almost the same sort of story. I complained then that despite of the superb acting, the story itself followed every cliché in the book. Well this one is more or less writing the textbook of how to do it right. It doesn't avoid any of the unavoidable melodrama of such a story but it does it without ever letting it spill over. The acting is superb in this one too, but the story makes you feel like you're viewing real people and not a movie about real people, and in this case it works for the film. It's nice to see Andy Serkis for real this time - he does a wonderful job even when not hidden behind fancy CG. Also excelling are the two young leads Thomas Brodie Sangster and Aisling Loftus. There's something in this sort of story that brings out the best from actors. In such a movie if they didn't do it properly it would've turned the film downright unwatchable.