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 it’s 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. I’m 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 there’s 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, they’d 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, it’s 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 movie’s most poignant aspect: Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance. Wow. Just...wow. I can’t 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 it’s 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. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll cringe, you’ll-– well, you get the picture. Basically, MY LEFT FOOT is a minor masterpiece. I don’t really know if it’s a movie I’d want to watch over and over again, but it’s definitely one I’m happy to have seen, as I’m sure everyone will agree.
Oh well. I’d 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, it’s 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, that’s odd. They all liked the movie. Who would’ve thunk it?
There are also 4 Previews.