Aug. 10th, 2009

starlady: (mokona crossing)
Dear CLAMP: I ♥ you. No, seriously. Also, no spoiler alert: FWR has gone completely round the twist.

Forward to time past )
starlady: (do i dare disturb)
My friend S and I went to see the movie Adam yesterday--Hugh Dancy stars as the eponymous Adam, a young man with Asperger's syndrome doing his best to navigate life outside the parental safety net: like any other 20-something, he's bedeviled by jobs and romance, particularly after children's book writer/elementary school teacher Beth moves into his building.

I really liked this movie. It seemed very real to me, and very realistic; I thought the writers did an excellent job of not condescending to any of the characters, as well as writing an elegant plot. Dancy gives an excellent performance as the essentially affect-less Adam, but the movie makes clear that, for all that he struggles to comprehend and to successfully take part in social interaction, Adam is still as human as the next man, or woman (as his gradual growth through the movie makes clear). Where then does humanity lie? That's beyond the movie's scope, but I particularly liked its refusal to not take the cop-out ending. Plus picture books! No movie that includes a in-plot picture book is bad, and Adam is very good.

That said, I'd be interested to know what someone with more intimate experience of Asperger's, or of autism, thinks of the movie.