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Festivale online magazine, January, 1999
the Mighty movie review
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The Mighty

I saw this film and One True Thing around the same time. The Mighty is a powerful story about two young boys, outsiders, physically, intellectually and emotionally separated from their age-peers. One boy is adult-sized, doing seventh grade for the third time (Elden Henson). The other is small, twisted and brilliant; and dying. He is known as Freak (Kieran Culkin.

Individually the boys are misfits without a place, but together the two discover that they have means and purpose. They combine strength, romanticism and idealism, seeking mighty deeds.

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The unlikely heroine whose 'treasure' they recover after an aborted theft is a tasteless over-coloured female played extraordinarily well by X-files heroine Gillian Anderson. Her unpleasant mate is played by Meatloaf.

The casting of this film is a treat, with Gena Rowlands and Harry Dean Stanton as the giant's grandparents, and Sharon Stone as Freak's mother.

I have heard people who intended to avoid this film simply because they figured anything that Stone is in will be a glossy sex-fest. This is far from true. Stone's own company were involved in this company, and the choice of film reflects the seriousness of the actress. Stone plays this role covered from toe to jawbone, and her performance is awesome.

She plays the single mother of a child who is intelligent, experimental, unusual, physically disabled, and dying. Her scenes combine bravery and insight, and a sense of humour.

Which is where the comparison with One True Thing comes about, because she has a few moments in this film where the audience is completely overwhelmed by the impact of her character's actions. One True Thing gets cheap tears with cliches. The Mighty has moments of profound truth.

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rescheduled for Australian release June 3, 1999
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Title: Mighty (1998)
Written by: Rodman Philbrick (novel)
Charles Leavitt (screenplay)
Directed by: Peter Chelsom
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running time: 100
rating: M (PG13 in US)

The Players: Sharon Stone, Gillian Anderson, Elden Henson, Gena Rowlands, Harry Dean Stanton, Kieran Culkin
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