Some people see to think this was unrealistic, badly acted and boring on the pure basis that the actors were not actually disabled. Well, in my opinion they did a really good job and it seems a lot of other people think so too. It's a heart wrencher and you'll know it from the beginning and that's what makes it such a powerful movie that you'll know how inevitable the ending is and it draws a kind of grief from you. It is about the dynamic friendship of two guys who are very much the opposite. There are strong characters in this movie who make it feel very real to the audiance. For anyone who like gritty British movies like Billy Elliot and East is East which feel real and are about things which happen and probably would happen, then this movie is for you. Great for a night in wrapped up in a blanket and a cup of tea and buscuits.
James McAvoy captures the zest for life and extreme frustration. The film gives a great insight into disability and is accurately portrayed. It does not go for the sympathy vote, but shows two steely individuals fighting for their rights. It is a film about triumph, but also the inevitability of early death. It is both extremely funny and deeply sad. The difficulties in making relationships is moving and touched my heartstrings.
I would recommend this film to everybody, to open their eyes to the fact that they should look beyond the wheelchairs and search for the person in their encounters with the diasabled.
I saw this with a friend of mine who uses a wheelchair and we both thought it was excellent. From what my friend said it depicts well some of the difficulties of being a wheelchair user while containing some great humour. We laughed out loud at moments and I had tears in my eyes at others. It's beautifully filmed and a great film overall. The only thing I wasn't happy about was the fact that disabled actors weren't used. The 2 main actors were great - I'm not saying there was anything wrong with them. But my friend and I just thought it was a shame they didn't use disabled people. But if you like smaller budget but more thoughtful and meaningful films then don't miss this - it's brilliant!!!
As a worker in care I wanted to see if this film really brought out any of the frustrations people with disabilities face on a daily basis. I wasn't disappointed! All through the film I couldn't tell if it was actors or real disabled people as it was so good. It made me laugh, cry, get angry with them and I could empathise with the characters. It showed how people can be treated in a care home but not all disabled people want to be 'looked after'. The characters were very realistic and extremely well researched. We need more good films like this!!!
A great film and superb acting by all the cast, yet I have to admit, I was blown away by the commanding performance of James McAvoy, who in my view was totally awesome, unstoppable and congruent all throughout the film.
At first you can't help but laugh when Rory causes chaos in the care home that he has been placed in, yet slowly you realise he is a man who is putting on a brave face in unfortunate circumstances. He manipulates and persuades his newly found friend Michael to move in together... they do and to top it off they employee lovely Siobhan to take care of them. They both fall for her and whilst Rory holds his feelings inside, Michael crumbles under pressure.
This film will leave you thinking and being grateful for the life you have been blessed with, yet more than anything the performance of McAvoy will linger on in your mind long after the film has finished.