Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Now on Amazon Prime: My Left Foot (1989)

My Left Foot movie poster
My Left Foot (1989) – Directed by Jim Sheridan; Written by Shane Connaughton and Jim Sheridan; Cinematography by Jack Conroy; Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Ray McAnally, Cyril Cusack, Fiona Shaw, Hugh O’Conor, Adrian Dunbar, Ruth McCabe and Alison Whelan.

By Kenny Howell

The inspiring story of Christy Brown, a man born with cerebral palsy who fights against his disorder to become a talented painter and author. Brown could only control his left foot, and teaches himself, with the help of his mother and teacher, how to write and paint with it.

Director Jim Sheridan doesn’t gloss over the story too much, as Brown becomes hard to deal with in his later years because of years of psychological problems. He is shown as he is, a man who had risen above his disease, but only human, as animosity is still inside him.

The draw of this movie is Daniel Day-Lewis. His performance is so utterly astonishing. He is known for getting deep inside his characters, and none more so than this. Playing someone with disabilities is often a good way to earn an Oscar nomination, but more times than not the performances come out silly and mocking, like Jodie Foster in Nell or Cuba Gooding Jr. in Radio. In Day-Lewis’ performance, you forget it is him, and fully believe that Brown is up on the screen. It earned him his first of three Oscars, the others coming for There Will Be Blood and Lincoln.

My Left Foot is now streaming on Amazon Prime.

Rating: ****

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