Saturday, October 8, 2011

Morgan

An emotional drama about the difficult road to recovery faced by a cyclist in the wake of a tragic accident that leaves him paralyzed, MORGAN is an inspiring tale that will have you cheering in your seat. Catch the film this afternoon at 4pm in Little 1. We're pleased to have guests Michael Akers (Writer/Director) and Sandon Berg (Writer/Producer) in attendance for a Q&A following the movie.

5 comments:

LilBearSings said...

The story was very good and the struggles depicted very well done. However, I didn't and couldn't connect to the characters as gay at all. Everything about them seemed totally straight. They weren't believable to me at all. The worst example of this - I can't imagine a gay man finding a lover who has passion for him and explores ways to make love while working around paralysis and impotence who throws that away for a sports competition. That's like trying to buy that a fish would give up water for a bicycle. Doesn't work.

Rick P. said...

I liked this film. It was a good reminder to the LGBT community at large to see that those in wheelchairs are part of the community as well. The struggles portrayed were something most of us "leggers" (from the movie) won't have to ever go through. Simple things that get taken for granted are not so easy for the main character in this film.

Erik and Jason said...

Oh....what could have been....

OK, so I actually partially agree with both LilBearSings and with Rick P. here. I didn't entirely connect with the leads as "gay" either (neither certainly would necessarily be someone I'd seek out for a relationship)....but I was willing to accept that chalk that up to their experience of their queerness being very different from my own...and while I may not relate specifically, I think showing that diversity of our community still has value. I also agree that the premise behind the movie was a great one and raised issues we have not traditionally seen at the festival.

My biggest struggle with the film, though, was the acting. I just didn't think the cast did the writing justice, honestly, and it made it harder to connect with the film.

Anonymous said...

Agreed on the acting. Though I thought the lead was actually pretty good, especially his depiction of the physicality of paraplegia. And I actually did buy his obsession with the race ahead of everything else in his life. The man was in extreme denial, and willing to throw it all away for the illusion of winning again.

The story is a good one I think, but I suspect budget constraints kept this movie from really flying. The very small number of actors mean that the characters had unreal lives (no friends and 'conveniently' dead families).

So yes, what could have been. Best of luck to the filmmakers on their next projects, I think this work shows real talent and promise.

Woody said...

My biggest gripe was that it was a typical whiner movie. Everything in their life is perfect, beyond reality (and thus unbelievable), but the character is hyper-focused on the one negative in their life. It was an OK watch, but too unrealistic to convey it's clearly desired "statement" to either side.