Martian Child Reviews
From tragic roots these two guys find each other to form this odd couple. I really liked it. Makes me want to watch all man-finds-young-boy-to-befriend movies.. wait, maybe not all of them.
I saw some mixed reviews on this one and got burned by "Serendipity," but liked the premise of "Martian Child" so I forgave a little.
Eccentric writer ostracized in his early childhood for being "odd" loses his wife and finds his calling in being the father to an adopted son who is even odder than he was.
The movie is charming even though sometimes it pushes the message too far and occasionally relies on heavy cliche. This is a very moving tale made even more moving in light of the fact that it was based on a true story. There is a 13 minute extra where the writer and his "Martian child" do a bit of a retrospective on how the story was written based upon their relationship, trials and tribulations and that the child in the film is, in fact, a mirror to his own adopted son (who we do get to meet).
This tidbit makes the film that much more special.
A good movie about being true to oneself and not compromising your heart in the face of any external influences as well as accepting others for exactly who they are.
Check it out.
[font=Century Gothic]"Martian Child" sugarcoats the darker side of the story. For example, it is briefly mentioned that Dennis was emotionally abused but this is never brought up again. And no matter how much David may think so, there are significant differences between the boy he was and the boy Dennis is. David was a dreamer which is okay but Dennis suffers from delusions(although since this is a movie, you never know...), making him somebody who needs a lot more help than David can provide who at his best would probably not make a great father. And I want to point out that I am not attacking single parenthood in general, just this one.[/font]
This movie was a very tender and heart-warming story about the love within families and reaching out to others. I hope to adopt someday myself.
I've got to read the "true story" from which this movie was created from.