The Theory of Flight (1998)
Average Rating: 5.5/10
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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
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Continuing cinema's fascination with bringing the stories of handicaps and the mentally challenged to the big screen (Rain Man, My Left Foot, Shine, etc.), here comes a low-budget film about the unlikely love story of people brought together by fate, as well as 120 hours of community service. As a frustrated artist who can't build himself a flying machine, Richard (Kenneth Branagh) eventually finds himself in trouble with the law. As punishment for his eccentric behavior, he accepts community
Dec 23, 1998 Wide
Nov 9, 1999
Fine Line Features
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a charming bit of whimsy that probably would crash and burn with lesser talents at the controls
Kenneth Branagh and Helena Bonham Carter generate enough good will to keep aloft a charming bit of whimsy that probably would crash and burn with lesser talents at the controls.
The cinematic equivalent to experimental light aircraft, this is a bumpy ride that sputters and fails, not quite crashing yet never soaring above its earnest intentions.
Carter's bravura performance is the reason to see The Theory of Flight, but it's a shame that nothing else in the film matches the obvious care she put into her role.
Audience Reviews for The Theory of Flight
- Jane Hatchard: Ah, just so you ah know, Richard. Ah I think you are a ah complete dickhead.
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