Published on July 24th, 2013 | by Allan Brown0
My Left Foot Review
Movie Review: My Left Foot (1989)
Director: Jim Sheridan
Running Time: 103 mins
Writers: Shane Connaughton (screenplay), Jim Sheridan (screenplay)
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Alison Whelan
Plot: Christy Brown was born with severe cerebral palsy in 1932 Dublin, but through passion, stubbornness and sheer self determination he learned to paint and write using his only functioning limb, his left foot.
Based on the autobiography of the same name, director Jim Sheridan skilfully captures the essence of Christy’s frustration and determination in the face of adversity, in the awe inspiring true story.
While the film can be scrutinised for being over-sentimental and perhaps choosing to hover over melodrama in exchange for detail, there is no getting away from the fact that Sheridan has managed to weave a beautifully honest and striking character drama that is anchored by an utterly flawless performance from Daniel-Day Lewis. He effortlessly captures the absolute frustrations of a man who is intensely focused and determined not to allow his disability to hinder his love for art, literature and ultimately, life. Brenda Flicker also turns in a heart warming performance as Christy’s loving yet fearful mother.
Daniel Day Lewis went on to win the Oscar for best actor in the 1990 Academy Awards, for his portrayal as Christy Brown, as did Brenda Flicker for the best actress in a supporting role. The film was also nominated for Best Director, Best Picture and Best Screenplay.
The relationship between all main characters is wonderfully explored, feeling true, well balanced and heartbreakingly sincere throughout. The film also manages to capture the bitter and the sweet side of the working class life in 1930s Dublin.
Summary: A fantastic yet understated heartfelt character drama that hits all the right notes thanks to some wonderful performances