Browse all reviews by letter     A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 0 - 9

United Kingdom 1989
Directed by
James Sheridan
103 minutes
Rated M

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
4.5 stars

My Left Foot

Scripted by Sheridan with Shane Connaughton from Brown's autobiographical writings, My Left Foot delivers a message about physical handicap that although having a tendency towards sentimentalism, not least in Elmer Bernstein's score, does not indulge in the mawkish.The strength of the film is that it is a not just true story of real  triumph over adversity but the triumpher is not some sainted hero sanitized by the conventions of a genre readily susceptible to superficialities but a rough-and-ready Irishman with the soul of an artist and a wicked sense of humour,

Over and above the inspirational nature of the story, however, the film boasts a brilliant, unmissable and Oscar-winning performance from Daniel Day-Lewis as real-life Dublin writer and cerebral palsy sufferer, Christy Brown (Hugh O'Conor gives an effective performance as the young Christy). The actor had turned heads with his first major role in My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) and had a very different role in the Merchant-Ivory hit A Room With A View but his performance here is an another league all-together.    Brenda Fricker also won an Oscar as Best Supporting actress for her role as Brown's mother and champion.

 

 

back

Want something different?

random vintage best worst