Michelle Pfeiffer’s character Rita Harrison: Can you grasp the concept of manipulating the truth. Not lying, just a little tweak here and there.
Sean Penn’s character Sam: No
Source: I am Sam
Since the Internut is rife with rumors that Tamil star Vikram’s upcoming movie Deiva Thirumagan aka Deiva Thirumagal is based on I am Sam (2001), we watched the decade-old Hollywood film last night.
Well, after seeing Sean Penn deliver a jaw-dropping performance of an autistic, handicapped man with the intellectual capacity of a seven-year-old who struggles to regain custody of his seven-year-old daughter all we can say is that in the acting department Vikram has so far proved himself unworthy of licking the bottom of Penn’s boots.
We arrived at that dreary conclusion after sitting through a bunch of Vikram movies including Gemini, Anniyan, Raavanan, Bheema and Kanthasamy (all made after I am Sam released).
Will Vikram’s performance in Deiva Thirumagal match Sean Penn’s remarkable work in I am Sam?
For the definitive answer to the above question, we’ll have to wait for the Tamil film Deiva Thirumagal’s release. But given Vikram’s past lackluster record it’s gonna be a daunting if not impossible task.
Simply put it, Vikram is a podiyan (a kid) compared to Sean Penn. Like what y’all are to Einstein.
You folks get the point, right? 😉
I am Sam – Good Moments, Bad Moments
We wouldn’t call I am Sam a gem of a movie. By God, certainly not.
It has its good moments and it has its awkward moments.
The script is sloppy in part, the court room scenes are ridiculous, the little girl sometimes talks in a grownup tone and the movie tends to drag in the second half.
But it’s still an eminently watchable film.
Where I am Sam stands out is in the extraordinary performance by Sean Penn with strong support from Dakota Fanning and Michelle Pfeiffer and in the great interplay between the father-daughter and father-lawyer.
Right from the opening scene when you see him rearranging the sugar sachets at a Starbucks to the joint reading sessions in bed with his daughter, the ‘surprise’ birthday party for the young girl, the court scenes and in the numerous interactions with his lawyer Rita Harrison (Michelle Pfeiffer), Sean Penn’s Sam holds you in thrall to his superb performance.
There is not one scene in I am Sam where Sean Penn’s acting seems affected or less than commanding.
Reminiscent at times of Dustin Hoffman’s Oscar-winning role in Rain Man (1988).
Is it any surprise then that Sean Penn won a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his outstanding performance in I am Sam.
Dakota Fanning plays Lucy, Sam’s charming and sensitive seven-year-old daughter who senses early on that her dad is different from other dads.
The little girl is a dynamo of talent and kudos to I am Sam director Jessie Nelson for extracting a fine performance from one so young.
The young girl picked up a bunch of awards for her endearing performance.
Dakota Fanning and Sean Penn share amazing chemistry and make a great father-daughter pair.
The story centers around the struggle a handicapped man faces in regaining custody of his young daughter after she’s taken away by the Department of Child and Family Services.
A daughter born of a short-term relationship with a homeless woman, who disappears soon after giving birth.
Battling a rigid state bureaucracy would be a hard struggle even for a normal man with a good income. But for a handicapped man earning $8 an hour it would seem like a battle lost even before the uphill fight can begin.
That is, unless you have the power of love and a lawyer ‘who never loses’ on your side.
Michelle Pfeiffer brings great energy to her role of the caffeinated lawyer struggling to balance family, motherhood and her job.
Humor comes in the form of Sam’s four handicapped friends who crop up now and then to liven up the movie with their zany utterances.
SearchIndia.com strongly recommends y’all watch I am Sam before seeing Deiva Thirumagal (Vikram, Anushka, Amala Paul). The Hollywood film is available at Netflix.