Theory of Flight [VHS]

ISBN 13 : 9780780626027

Theory of Flight [VHS]

 
9780780626027: Theory of Flight [VHS]
Review :

Richard (Kenneth Branagh) is a frustrated artist plunging into a midlife crisis. He dumps his rather stuffy, professional girlfriend and tears apart his paintings to make a hang glider out of the canvases and stretchers. His maiden flight with the device lands him in court, where he is assigned community service. His first assignment is to serve as assistant to Jane (Helena Bonham Carter), a young woman with Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS). The disease is in its final stages, but she handles it with a bushel of attitude, her brain as sharp as ever. The two don't get off on the right foot, but eventually she reveals to him that she has yet to lose her virginity and would like for him to help arrange that to happen. He strikes on the distinctly harebrained idea of robbing a bank to pay for an oily gigolo, leading to some rather out-of-place comic scenes. Meanwhile, Richard has been cobbling together an airplane out of more paintings and garden-variety junk; the contraption makes the Wright Brothers' machine look like an F-15 fighter. Despite some missteps, The Theory of Flight is a funny, engaging character study; what could have been a maudlin, sentimental tearjerker is made very humane and believable by the performances of the two leads. Branagh's Richard is a craggy, troubled man who finds redemption in his friendship with Jane; the dynamic of their relationship (in contrast to the others' in Jane's life) causes one to think about the patronizing way we often deal with the disabled. -- Jerry Renshaw

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