Not avoiding the melodrama but keeping it not melodramatic (by ayoreinf)
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 <more>
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.
I really enjoyed this movie. I sure know how to pick them. (by WakenPayne)
I really enjoy drama movies. I feel that when given the right one it can blow my mind. This one didn't do exactly that. It did make me emotional, most notably at the end when Donald tells Shelly to go to a particular spot by the seaside because he will always be there. It's actually pretty touching.So what is the plot? a fifteen year old boy is dying of cancer. He decides to adopt a lifestyle that he wants to do such as drawing graffiti on shop windows late at night and consistently drawing on a notebook. Of what you may ask? a superhero. His parents take him to a psychiatrist that <more>
tries to help him come to terms with him dying. While all this is going on he falls in love for the first time.The superhero symbolism is actually really well done in terms of symbolising what exactly Donald the dying kid is thinking. Also being a comic book reader I also liked how well the animators there are animated sequences of a superhero fighting an evil nurse and a mad doctor made it look like a superhero cartoon or some of the comic books I pick up in terms of style and only in terms of style .The acting is actually really really good. Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Andy Serkis, Aisling Loftus, Michael McElhatton and Sharon Horgan to name a few. I am certainly going to look for more of their stuff.So if you like the premise and you can find it, get it and watch it. It isn't grim nor depressing nor lighthearted. It is sad, touching, charming and to a small extent funny. I would recommend it to people with an opinion like mine.
"Death of a Superhero" is a heard touching film about a boy who has cancer. Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Andy Serkis played their roles so perfect, that I totally forgot that their are just actors. I was able to feel into the boys mind without getting distracted by any bad played scenes. Any scene, however played, seemed perfectly fitting for these two characters. Aisling Loftus played her role great too. When I was watching the film the first time, I got sucked in by the great characters and lost myself in the beautiful story. The music in the movie fits its scenes perfectly. Those <more>
comic scenes gave the film just the right touch to not be mainstream.