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My Left Foot (SE)
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Aug 21, 2005 By: Quigles
My Left Foot (SE) order
Director:
Jim Sheridan

Actors:
Daniel Day-Lewis
Brenda Fricker
Alison Whelan

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
MY LEFT FOOT depicts the true story of a man who overcame his disabilities (cerebral palsy) to do what everyone else assumed he couldnt. This movie isnt about an amazing crippled man, its about an amazing man, and the film makes sure you know that.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I hope I dont get sent any hate mail over this, but here goes...

I tend to like dramas the least out of all the movies I watch. Not because I have something against them in particular, but because I find them to be the most trite in form. In my opinion, there are two types of dramas: the weepies, and the heartwarmers. A weepy is a flick with its sole intention of making your tear-ducts lose control, while a heartwarmer attempts to make feel happy and special inside, as well as give hope. A lot of the time, both types of dramas are combined to really get your emotions stirring (as with MY LEFT FOOT). Sometimes though, dramas come along that barely fit into either category; these are usually the ones I like the best. Because of my extreme view on dramas, I grade directly on the following: script writing, acting, presentation, and most importantly, the questions Did it warm my heart? and Did it make me cry?

MY LEFT FOOT warmed my heart. MY LEFT FOOT made me cry. Im now officially a grade A pussy. Hallelujah for me!

Now then, you may be thinking I spent a lot of time analyzing dramas over reviewing this flick (which is true), but theres a very good reason; MY LEFT FOOT is a movie for everyone. No reviewing really needs to be done to inform you that you have to see it, because in order for somebody not to like, theyd really have to be a heartless goon. I mean, I could go on about the amazing directing, the heartfelt script and story, the breathtaking acting, and oh so much more, though it would render pointless. But, alas, its my job to review so I guess I will anyway (by the way, you can just stop reading now and get the movie it would be a lot quicker, not to mention waste less of your time).

Anywho, I suppose I should start with the movies most poignant aspect: Daniel Day-Lewis performance. Wow. Just...wow. I cant even begin to describe how much life is brought to this person by Lewis portrayal of him. This movie works on so many levels, and its all thanks to the fantastic acting. But of course, the acting would be nothing without the incredible true story of Christy Brown to give it meaning. Youll laugh, youll cry, youll cringe, youll- well, you get the picture. Basically, MY LEFT FOOT is a minor masterpiece. I dont really know if its a movie Id want to watch over and over again, but its definitely one Im happy to have seen, as Im sure everyone will agree.
THE EXTRAS
For a Special Edition (or Collectors Series, as its called here), this DVD supplies hardly anything in the way of extras. Cmon! I know they can do better than this!

Oh well. Id rather have this than the previous release, which only had a trailer and bios.

The Real Christy Brown (4:40): Unfortunately, this feels more like an introduction to Christy Brown more than a full featurette. Still, its very cool to see the real person behind the story.

An Inspirational Journey: The Making of My Left Foot (10:12): The filmmakers discuss researching the story, casting the actors, and shooting the picture in a (once again) all too brief featurette. Better than nothing I guess.

Still Gallery: There about 40 pictures from the movie, none of which are particularly interesting.

My Left Foot Reviews: Get ready for some reading! Wahoo! There are 4 reviews from popular publications, including The New Yorker, LA Times, New York Magazine, and LA Weekly. Hmmm, thats odd. They all liked the movie. Who wouldve thunk it?

There are also 4 Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Are you ready to be inspired? Good. That means its time to check out MY LEFT FOOT, or if youve already seen it, then its time to check it out again. Who cares if the DVD isnt as good as it couldve been, because the movie on its own is powerful enough to warrant a purchase; that is, if you love dramas, and are ready to be mesmerized again and again. Me personally, I think the movie is amazing, but dont really see myself watching it repeatedly. It deserves, at the very least, a rental.
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