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A Masterstroke of Film and Acting
on November 22, 2015
There is something distinctly relatable about My Left Foot for me personally. I was born with cerebral palsy and have had to endure numerous people tell me that I couldn’t do things and tell my mother that I wouldn’t amount to anything. But much like Christy Brown, I had a very strong mother and a will that I wasn’t just going to sit in the corner and drool on myself all day. While I am no world renowned writer and painter, I related very strongly to the main character in this film including his struggles with relationships with the opposite sex.
Beyond my personal story, Daniel Day Lewis delivered a spectacular performance because it is really difficult to play someone that physically disabled because you have to treat the real life person with respect, while making it look believable. I totally forgot that Daniel Day Lewis was an able-bodied actor during that one hour forty minutes. That proves he was well worth the 1989 Academy Award.
The supporting actors deserve praise as well. The many actors who played the family at various stages really brought to life the struggle that many families with disabled relatives go through of how to involve their relative while struggling with how society may look at them. I also thought it was an interesting cinematic choice to tell the story as part of a series of flashbacks as Christy prepares to speak at this event. It is a technique that is rarely used well.
My Left Foot is a cinematic triumph and a personal triumph illustrative of the true possibilities of the human spirit. I wish I could give it six stars.