Hello! I just followed you for the games but also looked through your blog and see you're a movie buff? I have autism and was just wondering if you know any movie with a autistic character thats done respectfully and doesn't make us look stupid or use stereotypes?
Hi, anon! Thanks for the follow, and yes, I actually do!
There's a really great indie film called Snow Cake, starring Sigourney Weaver and the late Alan Rickman. I saw it when I was in high school, and it's a shame because not very many people know it exists. It won a few awards, but only released in Canada and the UK to a limited audience. It only pulled in about $1.3 million, but from what I understand, a lot of the proceeds went to autism research and education. Sigourney also prepared for the role by learning about autism and getting coached by Ros Blackburn, a woman with autism who is an author and speaker about autism and Asperger's syndrome.
While I myself do not have autism and am by no means an expert on the subject, my cousin is both deaf and autistic and he loves this movie. The plot is as follows:
Alex Hughes (Alan Rickman), an older, reclusive Englishman visiting Canada for an unspecified reason, gets roped into picking up a hitchhiker; an eccentric teenager whom he slowly and unexpectedly comes to enjoy the company of. Sadly, while making their way to their destination, they get hit by a drunk driver. The young girl dies immediately while Alex crawls away with a nosebleed and a harmless bump on the head. Plagued with survivor's guilt, Alex makes his way to the girl's house to offer his condolences to her mother, only to learn that she (Sigourney Weaver) has ASD.
Sigourney's portrayal of a person living with what I believe is level two autism is probably one of the most respectful and realistic I've seen in media to date. I find that most movies and TV shows go from one extreme to the other, with the autistic character being a high-functioning, gifted, eidetic-endowed, autodidactic superhuman genius or a screaming, reckless, helpless, frightened, completely dependant child that constantly needs saving and merely serves as a plot device.
Sigourney's character, Linda, avoids both overused tropes. She's an adult, she's mature, she works a typical day job, and she's mostly independent, only needing help every now and then with menial tasks that make her uncomfortable. She's not an infallible genius, but she is smart and witty, as well as very much aware of what's going on around her; she just doesn't react or express her emotions in a way a neurotypical person likely would. This is especially hard for Alex to come to terms with, as Linda is very verbal, lacks any filter, relies on strict routines and compulsions to get through her day, and appears to be unaffected by her daughter's death.
However, as the story progresses, Alex comes to understand Linda and interprets how she feels via her mannerisms. This allows him to connect with her in ways he never thought possible, having spent most of his life avoiding others himself. Like many people with autism, Linda struggles with social settings, doesn't like being touched, and finds joy in simplicity, but she too develops a beautiful relationship with Alex, opening up and accepting him into her life.
There's honestly so much to this film (I barely scratched the surface) and I don't want to spoil what happens, so I'll just highly recommend you give it a watch. It's rife with comedy (though never at Linda's expense), drama, heart, and soul. It was also written by Angela Pell, mother of an autistic son. Her goal, it seems, was to show that autism is not a curse, that people with autism are people, not plot devices, and that a little education on the subject goes a long way. I'd argue she succeeded.
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Finally saw Get Out, it was great! I’m so proud of Jordan Peele’s rise through these movies; I remember hearing about it and think it’s such an odd turn for one of my favorite comedians. It’s such a neat way to provide social commentary through horror films.
It’s also one of the few horror films where I can buy into the obviously bad decisions characters make. I can get him trying to fight the stereotype of being the angry black man despite being put in such uncomfortable situations. Also, going our of his way to save Georgina because the situation reminded him of his mother’s death. Then there was the nice little bit of irony of taking out the dad with a deer head.
The icing on top of the cake was hearing the siren and thinking it’s all over for Chris, only for the door to open and you see “airport” on the side and knowing his friend came to save him. 10/10, now I gotta watch Us.
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Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
To be quite honest, this film surprised me. Mostly due to Zac Efrons portrayal of Ted Bundy. When I first heard that he was casted for Ted I thought the movie would be bad and that he wouldn't do a great job. I was wrong. Zac had definitely pulled off this role and far exceeded my expectations of this film. His facial expressions and physical gestures he did was so spot on in comparison to Teds interviews and videos. I liked Lily Colins and Kaya Scodelarios acting as always and this film kept my attention and at certain points in this film I felt sympathetic. Zac Efron was able to convince me how charming Ted could have been, with other Bundy portrayals, I always thought to myself, how? How could Ted be charming? I don’t see it, but after Zac’s performance I can understand. In all I’m glad that, although lengthy, the title was a good choice, because what Ted did do to his victims was extremely wicked, shockingly evil and vile. One scene that I thought was really eerie is near the end when Liz asks Ted about the photo, if you’ve seen the film, you know what I am talking about. James Hetfields appearance was a nice touch. The soundtrack was great and now the Gotcha song is now associated with Reservoir Dogs and this film. I give props to Zac Efron, he did a great job, seriously. What did you think of the film?
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