movie: Martian Child
starring: John Cusack, Bobby Coleman
format: TV edit
plot: A sci-fi writer adopts a little boy after the death of his wife. He struggles with trying to write his latest novel while dealing with the boy's overactive imagination, and other problems.
This is based on a semi-autobiographical novel.
This was a sweet story. Almost too sweet for me. The idea that the kid believes he's from another planet because he was abandoned in an observatory and therefore, unable to fully connect with others, is seen both literally and metaphorically.
I liked this film, but I just kept waiting for something to happen. I was half way expecting the kid to be proven right about being from mars, while also half way expecting some horrible ending.
Overall, it leaves you wondering what we would be like generally, if we didn't bend as often to the wills of sameness? If there were more people who just stood up for their weirdnesses. As pointed out in a scene where the Cusack character is being yelled at by his publisher for failing to write the book she demanded he write. He realizes, he's been doing the same thing, demanding his son act the way he wants him to, when it's just not in him.
As I said, this was a bit too hollywood happy for me.
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