Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 1998. Chaos Productions, Jane Startz Productions, Miramax, Scholastic Productions. Screenplay by Charles Leavitt, based on the novel Freak The Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. Cinematography by John de Borman. Produced by Simon Fields, Jane Startz. Music by Trevor Jones. Production Design by Caroline Hanania. Costume Design by Marie-Sylvie Deveau. Film Editing by Martin Walsh.
Touching, heartfelt drama based on the novel Freak The Mighty by Rodman Philbrick, about an overgrown, delayed pre-teen named Max (Elden Henson) suffering under the weight of his adolescent angst. His life changes when he meets the brilliant and quirky Kevin (Kieran Culkin), a boy of the same age who suffers from Morkio syndrome (a degenerative disease where your bones stop growing but your inner organs do not). Kevin points out at one point in the film that one of them has no brain and the other no legs and the Wizard of Oz doesn’t live in Cincinnati, so they team up and become a sort of team, calling themselves Freak the Mighty (which was the original title of the film before the marketing team got their hands on it). The two youngsters are excellent in their roles, but most of the beauty in the film comes from the touching moments they have with supporting characters, most notably Gena Rowlands as Max’s grandmother, and Sharon Stone (who also produced) as Kevin’s heartbroken mother. Gillian Anderson tears apart her stalwart image with her hilarious performance as a southern gal from the wrong side of the tracks.
Golden Globe Award Nominations: Best Supporting Actress (Sharon Stone); Best Original Song (“The Mighty”)
Toronto International Film Festival: 1998