FILM ONLY REVIEW
Adam is a 29 year old man who suffers from a form of autism, he leads a fairly normal life, that is until his father dies. He is left feeling lonely and a bit disjointed but things change for him when Beth moves into his apartment block.
Beth is a quiet girl who instantly takes a liking to Adam but finds his awkwardness strange. She does her best to speak to Adam and help him but she does not know about his problem. She agree to go on a date with him and it is only then she discovers his form of autism.
Adam and Beth are getting on well but soon Adam looses his job and his world starts falling apart. He faces loosing his home if he cannot find another job. Beth agrees to help Adam but is s hard on her as she has family issues of her own. Can Adam and Beth continue their relationship and will he ever be able to lead a normal life?
I knew nothing about this film but when it came onto Sky movies I decided that the short paragraph written about it made it sound quite interesting so decided to give it a watch. I really did enjoy the film and found it to be quite moving and powerful. The storyline was very good and only enhanced by the wonderful acting.
The lead role of Adam was played by Hugh Dancy and he did an amazing job in the role. He played the part to perfection and made his autism so real. He was always awkward when faced with new situations and there was always an awkwardness when he was trying to talk to Beth. There was no point in the film where I thought he over played the issue or made it seem unreal and I have to give him a lot of credit for playing the part so well. There was an awkward but wonderful chemistry between him and the role of Beth which only grew as the film went on. The issues he faced and how he dealt with them, being emotionless was heart breaking at times but did make for some excellent viewing. Beth was played by Rose Byrne and she was equally as good. She was a sweet and down to Earth woman who took Adam for what he was and never expected him to change. I loved how she came across with no preconceptions to the way Adam would behave and always tried her best to help him.
We had a few good support actors including roles from Peter Gallagher, Amy Irving and Frankie Faison and they also played good characters and bought a little depth to the story. I loved the relationship with Adam and the role of Harlan as he bought a bit of normality to his life and was a good friend to him.
The film was set in the present day in America so no real effort was needed for the props, costumes or the sets. They were all very good and looked authentic. We also had no special effects as none were needed for this film and I really did not miss them. The music to the film was very good, it was quite a mixed soundtracks but the tracks used were all brilliant. I loved how we got to hear the words to the songs as they were all very meaningful for what was happening in the film and they did help with the emotions and feelings I was getting. This is a great soundtrack and worth buying as it is so mixed.
When we got to the half way point of the film I had though I knew how it was going to end but I have to say I was completely wrong. I did however enjoy how the ended the film and thought it was very different and quite a nice surprise. I will not say how it ends as it would completely spoil it for those who have not watched the film yet.
This is a film only review so there are no bonus features to speak about. The running time of the film is 99 minutes and I found this to be a good length with the story moving at a good pace from start to finish. The rate is a 12 and I agree with this as younger viewers would not be able to understand or follow the story and Adam’s illness. We watched this on Sky Movies but the DVD is available from all good stores.
I am more than happy to give this film the full 5 stars as it thoroughly entertained me and I found the story and acting to be excellent and I loved the fact I was not able to work out the ending correctly. Definitely worth a few pounds of anyone’s money.