The Mighty

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Terence Gavish

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  • Lori L. Graham 2 years ago
    103 of 107 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Learning Disabled Students Can Relate, February 18, 2000
    By A Customer
    This review is from: The Mighty [VHS] (VHS Tape)
    My class of fifteen “learning disabled” students read the book “Freak the Mighty”. These are at risk students who for the most part, could care less about reading anything. They absolutely loved the book! Every day at bell time I would hear, “No, we can’t stop here!” Some even wanted to take the book home and read ahead! While watching the film, I noticed some 6th grade boys with tears in their eyes and the girls were simply dissolved in tears. This is a wonderful movie for people of all ages but particularly for those kids who sometimes feel like they walk in Max and Freak’s footsteps every day. We also read the sequel, “Max the Mighty” and found it equally as absorbing. We are hoping there is a movie sequel! Thank you Rodman Philbrick for writing such a beautiful,memorable story! Kudos to the cast of “The Mighty” for their performances. I intend to buy a copy for myself and several for gifts.

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  • Charles E. Little 2 years ago
    64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    The once and future…Freak the Mighty!, July 11, 2003
    By 
    Lori L. Graham (Whittier, CA USA) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: The Mighty (DVD)
    How in the HELL did this movie get lost in theatres? Why didn’t every critic in America tell the world to see it?
    I remember when I first heard that this book, FREAK THE MIGHTY (by Rodman Philbrick), was going to be made into a movie and that Gillian Anderson was going to play a small role. Well, I went ahead and read the book because (a) I’m an X-Files fan, and (b) I wanted to know what so drew her to the project that she was willing to play a less than a major role.
    The book just tore me apart– it wasn’t just that I’d been a misfit myself in my youth, but the fact that it dealt with sometimes amazing, sometimes painful situations in such a clear-eyed way, never pandering to or underestimating the intelligence of the reader.
    This film, while not adhering to the book to the letter (but damned close) kept the SPIRIT of the book intact, and for that I credit not only the director and screenwriter but the cast. Everyone involved seems to be most concerned with truth– not is it dramatic, is it sad, is it funny, but is it HONEST?
    While I credit all involved parties with making this film work so well, I have to say that NONE of it would have worked had it not been for the two leads, Elden Hensen and Kieran Culkin. These two ASTOUNDING young men are so utterly concerned with their characters as human beings that there is not a single false note in either performance. Going in, Culkin has an additional challenge/handicap– the wiseacre type honed by his brother Macauley might well have been expected here, given the no-apologies intelligence that characterizes Kevin/Freak. But Culkin has no interest in just getting laughs– he seems entirely aware that there are more important treasures to be had from this material.
    That’s not to say that there aren’t moments that make you smile or yes, laugh, but they happen through the comedy of CHARACTER, not situation. There are no cheap emotions on the screen, nor do they try to elicit them from the viewer. When you laugh and cry at this movie, it is because you feel a PART of the proceedings, not that this is something put in front of you merely to entertain. It is obvious why such stellar actors (Anderson, Sharon Stone, Harry Dean Stanton, Gena Rowlands, James Gandolfini) were drawn to this project– there is more than enough well-drawn, intelligent material to go around, even to the smallest of roles. I also felt that the film improved on the novel by giving it a bit more an ending; the book just kind of STOPPED, and I was glad to see a bit more resolution. These characters deserved it.
    I give the film 4 stars rather than 5 because of (a) the all-too-real violence and threatened violence seems jarring at times (as it did in the book as well) and (b) the lack of extras on this edition (a truncated behind the scenes featurette and NO commentary tracks, which is positively CRIMINAL given the talent involved).
    So even though neither the film nor the presentation (although the music video by Sting is kind of fun) is perfect, do NOT let that dissuade you from seeing this film. You will not see its like again soon.

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