(2017) (Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A young man with a wife and child must contend with the complications of him contracting polio and then his desire to truly live despite his paralyzed state.
- It's the late 1950s and Robin Cavendish (ANDREW GARFIELD) is a British tea broker who travels around the world for work. While in Kenya, he sets his sights on Diana (CLAIRE FOY), the two quickly fall in love, get married and end up expecting a child. But while in Nairobi, Robin contracts polio and suddenly finds himself paralyzed from the neck down. Figuring his life is over and not wanting to burden Diana for however long he might live, he states his desire to die, but she'll have no part of that and has him transported back to England.
After realizing he needs to get out of the polio ward but simultaneously needs to be on a respirator around the clock, Diana and Robin get their professor friend and amateur inventor, Teddy Hall (HUGH BONNEVILLE), to create a wheelchair of sorts with its own battery powered respirator. That allows him to spend more time out and about not only with Diana and their son, Jonathan, but also various friends including Teddy, Colin Campbell (EDWARD SPELEERS), Bloggs Blacker (TOM HOLLANDER) and David Blacker (TOM HOLLANDER), among others.
Robin's remarkable lifestyle and mobility eventually draw the interest of Dr. Clement Aitken (STEPHEN MANGAN) who wants to help others like Robin lead more independent lives. From that point on, and with additional inventions by Teddy, Robin sets out to help him in any way he can, all while enjoying his borrowed time with his family and friends.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Unless they're fans of Garfield or are particularly interested in movies about the severely disabled, it doesn't seem that likely.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For mature thematic material including some bloody medical images.
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