Andy Serkis directed a movie, and it’s called Breathe, and it’s about a young man stricken with polio who decides to persevere in the face of some of the most picturesque scenery on the planet.
Not that Andy Serkis has to direct some motion capture monster movie, but this is certainly not what I would have predicted. Check out the trailer:
For his directorial debut, Andy Serkis brings to life the inspiring true love story between Robin and Diana Cavendish (Academy Award® nominee Andrew Garfield, Golden Globe® winner Claire Foy), an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live. With the help of Diana’s twin brothers (Tom Hollander) and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville), Robin and Diana dare to escape the hospital ward to seek out a full and passionate life together — raising their young son, traveling and devoting their lives to helping other polio patients.
I enjoy post-Spidey Andrew Garfield, and Claire Foy is tremendous in The Crown, but this sorta has the stink of Oscar bait. It almost feels like a parodic checklist of terminal-illness period dramas, but maybe Serkis can push past all the cliches and make a great movie.
Breathe opens October 13.