The Awakenings Analysis

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Ambulo, Alyza Jessamine M. PT 11 Ms. Peggy Orbe Movie Critique of "The Awakenings" The Writer: Steven Zaillian (screenplay) and Oliver Sacks (book) The Director: Penny Marshall 1990 Awakenings is a 1990 American drama film based on Oliver Sacks ' 1973, it is based on a true story of British neurologist Oliver Sacks who discovered in 1969 a beneficial effects of the drug L-Dopa, a chemical that is made and used as part of the normal biology of humans. He is the one who administered to the catatonic patients who survived the 1917–28 epidemic…show more content…
One of the actors or actresses of the movie are Robin Williams as Dr. Malcolm Sayer which is one of the most main characters in the movie, the center of almost every scene and his personality becomes one of the touchstones of the movie, This is one of Robin Williams ' best performances, pure and uncluttered, He is a lovable man here, who experiences the extraordinary professional joy of seeing chronic, hopeless patients once again sing and dance and greet their loved ones, demonstrates convincingly that he is an actor, not just a comedian. Williams is perhaps a bit too nerdy at first, but he captures perfectly all the hope, fear, exhilaration, and anguish that a doctor in that situation must be experiencing. Robert De Niro as Leonard Lowe one of the catatonic patients, and he deftly handles all the emotional and physical challenges of his role. Ruth Nelson as Mrs. Lowe the mother of Leonard Low and Julie Kavner as Eleanor Costello the nurse the assistant and the supporter of Dr. Sayer. All of them did a great job because it is not easy as it looks like, acting that you are sick and knowing that there are people suffering from this world not just physically but mentally and emotionally, like they have many different symptoms, but essentially they all share the same problem: They cannot make their bodies do what their minds desire. Sometimes that blockage is manifested through bizarre physical behavior, sometimes through apparent…show more content…
What I liked in this movie is the only one that Dr. Sayer did not give up Leonard Lowe from his condition. Even if the mother says Leonard is losing but Dr. Sayer saw the spirit of fighting. This is the great discovery in the opening scenes of "Awakenings," preparing the way for sequences of enormous joy and heartbreak, as the patients are "awakened" to a personal freedom they had lost all hope of ever again experiencing. And I liked about Dr. Sayer on giving hope to the patients, giving his smiles and the courage of his ability. And the other hand I liked about Leonard who did not give up on his condition, Yes he saw the changes but he decided to live and start over

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