Directed by Jim Sheridan
Based on Christy Brown’s autobiography, My Left Foot
Screenplay by Jim Sheridan and Shane Connaughton
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Kirsten Sheridan, Ray McAnally
After years of frustration, Christy Brown (Day-Lewis) has learned to communicate through the use of his left foot. With communication comes freedom, and Christy seeks to experience all that the world can offer. As a writer and an artist, Brown finds new ways to express himself.
Jim Sheridan (In the Name of the Father) and Shane Connaughton (The Playboys) worked together in adapting Christy Brown’s autobiography My Left Foot. For their work, the two were nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Sheridan would also direct this award-winning film. He earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Director, and the film earned a Best Picture nomination as well. The cast features the immensely talented Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) in the lead role. The film also features Brenda Fricker (A Time To Kill), Kirsten Sheridan (August Rush), and Ray McAnally (The Mission).
This is an incredible story, told from the man who lived it. Christy Brown first published My Left Foot in 1954. His book was a literary sensation and the first of nine books published under his name. Jim Sheridan and Shane Connaughton adapted this book into a powerful screenplay. The story is rich and bold, spanning many years in the life of Brown. The characters are colorful, and the adaptation seems to pick out all the right moments in moving the story forward. The dialogue also depicts the difficulties of Brown and those around him when it comes to communication. Thanks to great writing, this movie has all the emotion and drama it needs. It’s a wonderful story.
The acting in this movie is powerful and amazing. Daniel Day-Lewis took home his first Oscar for Best Actor for his daring portrayal of Christy Brown. His physical transformation was demanding and necessary for this movie to succeed. He brings a level of emotion to the role that’s just so great. The role of Brown’s mother is played by the incredible Brenda Fricker. She holds her own opposite Daniel Day-Lewis, and manages to bring a warmth and unique quality to her character. She also won an Oscar, for Best Supporting Actress, for this film. In addition to these great actors, Kirsten Sheridan and Ray McAnally do great work in this movie. The rest of the cast is also great, really opening up the world of the film. Overall, the acting won’t disappoint you with this one.
The rest of this movie features great technical work, including the cinematography by Jack Conroy (The Field). The camera work included mirror shots necessary for Daniel Day-Lewis to use his right foot instead of his left for many tasks. Additionally, the film has incredible sets and costumes that bring the era to life. The score is also impressive, composed by the Elmer Bernstein (The Magnificent Seven). Every aspect of this movie just seems to work. It’s a great watch, and has repeat value as well.
This is a great movie, and I can recommend it without hesitation. If you’re a fan of bio-pics, this is one you should see. I would also suggest this one to fans of the stars. If you love a great emotional drama, check this movie out. I give this one 5 out of 5 stars.