The Mighty

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"The quest for friendship is the noblest cause of all"
  • PG-13
  • 1998
  • 1 hr 40 min
  • 7.2  (13,877)

The Mighty is a heartfelt drama that was released in 1998, directed by Peter Chelsom and stars Kieran Culkin, Elden Henson, and Sharon Stone. The movie tells the story of two young boys, Kevin Dillon (Culkin) and Max Kane (Henson) from different worlds who become friends and help each other overcome their individual struggles. Kevin Dillon is a small boy with a big brain, and his intelligence is matched by his wit and determination. However, he has Morquio Syndrome, a genetic disorder that limits his growth and his physical strength. Kevin's mother, Gwen (Stone), is fiercely protective of him and worried about his future. She focuses on helping him manage his condition and make the most of his intellect.

On the other hand, Max Kane is an oversized teenager with dyslexia and a troubled family life. His father, Kenny Kane (Meat Loaf) is in prison for murder, his mother is an alcoholic, and his grandfather lives in a nursing home. Max is ostracized and bullied at school because of his size and learning disability. He feels alone and helpless until he meets Kevin.

The two boys bond over their shared love of reading, comic books, and their mutual loneliness. Kevin becomes Max's tutor, helping him with his reading and writing skills. In turn, Max lends his strength to Kevin, who rides on his shoulders to help him move around. Together, they form a unique friendship based on acceptance, trust, and the drive to overcome their challenges.

As the boys' friendship grows, so does their imagination. They create a fantasy world where Kevin is a knight and Max is his steed, and they embark on adventures in this imaginary realm. This allows them to escape their mundane lives and face their fears in a safe and exciting way.

Their friendship also attracts the attention of others, especially Loretta Lee (Gena Rowlands), a retired teacher who becomes their mentor and friend. She helps them with their schoolwork and encourages them to pursue their dreams. She also supports them when they face challenges, such as when Max's father is released from prison, and he struggles to reconcile his love for his father with the reality of his crimes.

As the end of the school year approaches, Kevin and Max face a new challenge: Kevin's health is declining, and he needs surgery to correct his spine. The procedure is risky, and Kevin is unsure if he wants to go through with it. However, Max convinces him that it is worth a chance, and they embark on an emotional journey that tests their friendship like never before.

The Mighty is a touching movie that deals with themes of friendship, acceptance, and empathy. It is an uplifting story of two young boys who, despite their differences, find solace and strength in each other. The writing is excellent, and the performances by the cast are outstanding, particularly Kieran Culkin, who shines as Kevin. The movie is appropriate for all ages and is a must-watch for anyone who enjoys a good heartwarming story.

The Mighty is a 1998 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 40 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.2.

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    7.2  (13,877)