Fim Review - Adam

By Maricor Capulong Adam Directed by Max Mayer Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne This is a tough contender to go against 500 days of summer. To me ...

By Maricor Capulong

This is a tough contender to go against 500 days of summer. To me this is such a great magnificent work of art. It is a small indie film, not widely released for mass consumption, I only wish it could be nationally released so that everyone can see how much of a funny, and in the same breath, heart rendering story this was.

The story is about a man named Adam (Hugh Dancy,) who has Asperger's syndrome, of which causes him to have a hard time reading and relating with people.

Adam then meets the new next door neighbor Beth (Rose Byrne) and with her he slowly forms a bond and understands the need to try and relate even if he has to just act. The story does not focus so much to Adam's inabilities, but it focuses on Beth's family life as well. It is not a movie to make people aware of the full seriousness of Aspergers (although I did come running home a googling it fully.) It was more of a movie that proves the differences between characters, and how those characteristics explain that as people, even if we have psychological afflictions, we still have to rise above day to day formalities. Certain things that Beth may lack, Adam apparently knew before she did, and vice versa.

I love the fact that it was not a sob story about a person with Aspergers. Heck! It just instilled in us the viewers, that a normal person can be lost in the mixture life's despair aswell. We see Beth seemingly well put together, with a great family background. Yet as the movie progresses she is surprised at how her family is falling apart. Beth is hit with a terrible family scandal to a point of which throws her off of her whole belief in life and family.

The cast was to me, perfectly assembled. We have Rose Bryne, who had hit it big with such movies in the likes of Troy, and Star wars. Seeing her in a smaller film, did make me believe that she has the acting chops to pull her own weight in future films. This is a great career move, a safe one at that, to try one's hand in an indie film, not a lot may see it if you do a bad job but if you do a good one, critics will acclaim you. I hope she does more serious films like this, it would definitely be the road to travel. Might be too early to say, but I see a little bit of star potential in her, maybe because she looks so much like Kate Winslet, or that she can act like Kate Winslet... we'll see.

Hugh Dancy (pronounced Dahn- seeh, in British terms) plays the character with such finesse and sophistication, just seeing him talk on and on about telescopes and the history of their local theater mystifies me. Its that certain ownership of the character that shows through the performance that made me so impressed. To act from the person's highest to his lowest, and then bring it back to calm was something of a challenge to up-and-coming actors. Dancy performed like a pro, much in the ranks of Sean Penn, Tom Hanks, or Brad Pitt. It is hard enough to play someone with normal mental capacities, it is twice as hard to play someone with a mental complexity. An Oscar contender I believe him to be, in the near future or so....

I give this film....

1/2 out of

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