"Fuck Plato!" come dice il buon Christy. Avete presente quella sorta di nodo allo stomaco che proviamo quando vediamo una persona con un handicap visibilmente limitante? L'interpretazione di Day-Lewis ci immerge in quella dannata sensazione, mentre il forte carattere di Christy Brown ce ne tira subito fuori. Non ci si sente mai tristi per Brown, ma per i pochi stronzi che lo compativano. Poliedrico genio paralizzato.
Daniel Day Lewis' portrayal of a cerebal palsy sufferer is superb. Many lesser actors would simply do an impression, but here we have real pathos behind the eyes of a human being who is locked within his own body. Occasionally, this is presented like a TV movie, but generally the production team and the cast provide a rich emotional experience.
You can't help but feel inspired by Christy Brown's story, and Day-Lewis' performance is an extraordinary transformation. But, the film just didn't work for me as a whole. It unfolds less as a concrete story, and more as a series of inconsistent and contradictory vignettes. It's one of those biographies that does well in showing the external struggles, but only scratches the surface of the interior being.