(12A) 118 mins
Director: Andy Serkis
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hollander, Stephen Mangan
Robin Cavendish is a young man with the world at his feet. But while on business as a tea-broker in Kenya in the 1950s, he contracts polio, is paralyzed from the neck down and is unable to breathe without a respirator by his hospital bedside. Given only months to live, it falls to his new wife Diana to fight to get him out of hospital, back home, and living a life that is the best it can be.
In Andy Serkis’s assured directorial debut, there is a charm that runs through this story that is hard to resist. The performances from Andrew Garfield (in many scenes, able to use only his face!) and Claire (The Crown, Wolf Hall) Foy are strong and authentic. With a storyline playing out across several decades, we are introduced to other strong characters: Hugh Bonneville plays their friend and inventor, who designs Cavendish’s wheelchair and Tom Hollander plays both of Diana’s endearing twin brothers.
There will be comparisons to The Theory of Everything in this entertaining and rousing drama.
delivered via such quietly powerful performances and with such hope that it’s hard to resist
Serkis knows just how to tweak our heart strings