Tuesday, 26 March 2013

A Netflix Review: Rain Man

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I'll be honest. I'm not a Tom Cruise fan. I had to study Eyes Wide Shut during my degree and that truly weirded me out. Apart from An Interview With a Vampire and this film, I can leave him. In Rain Man he truly shines as playing a completely ignorant yuppie who finds himself with an autistic brother, played by Dustin Hoffman. Although you quickly forget he's Dustin Hoffman, as he plays autistic Ray both convincingly and authentically.

Since I've been working in education, I myself have been further educated on special educational needs, especially regarding those on the Autistic Spectrum Disorder. You can read more about that here. We all have our quirks, but for those with ASD this is heightened; a lighthearted example would be Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory. This film displays the misconception that those with autism all have exceptional talents, however this is Hollywood we're talking about. But ultimately it can be credited with raising awareness of the disorder. A genuinely touching film, which I do not say lightly.


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