Fiona Maye is an eminent high court judge presiding over ethically complex cases. As the demands of her job cause her marriage to Jack to reach tipping point, Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam, a young boy who is refusing a life-saving blood transfusion on religious grounds.
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Emma Thompson is remarkable in The Children Act. She made me cry during her performance of "Down by the Salley Gardens" at the concert. Too bad the film around her isn't quite up to par, but it's really all about her here.
An elegantly laid and compellingly complex first act untangles into loose thread in the final third. Perhaps the book does a better job at making good on some of the lofty promises the film sets out at making.
I'm not entirely convinced by The Children Act. The dynamic between Fiona and Adam is framed in much too soapy a way to be taken very seriously, and there's no melodrama or even an emotional impact at all. The story simply isn't believable.