Andrew Garfield has always been one of the most talented actors since we all saw him get snubbed of an Oscar win and nomination all together in 2010 for The Social Network, but nothing beats his run over the last few years as his wave seems to be building higher and higher. His work in Silence with Martin Scorsese and Hacksaw Ridge directed by Mel Gibson, it’s clear the man can act and people like working with him so it makes perfect sense that this is Andy Serkis’ directorial debut as well.
An interesting story with parallels to the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, Robin Cavendish (Garfield) contracts polio at the age of 28 and later on becomes one of the most renowned advocates for the disabled in British and world history.
I don’t want to shout Oscar or anything like that, but this looks like a terrific film where all the actors, including the lovely and talented Claire Foy, can shine on a smaller scale and be recognized for the acting skills over just their unfairly good looks. It’s also a test for Serkis as a director to bring us a cohesive story while getting the best from his actors. Having worked on the largest films of the 2000’s, Serkis has had plenty of time to figure out the technical and physical aspects of making a great film, and being in The Lord of the Rings, The Force Awakens, Planet of the Apes, and The Avengers, I imagine you pick up a few things.