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Death Of a Superhero

by Vladimir Kozlov at 12/04/2012 19:37

If you missed this movie at last month’s Irish Film Festival, now you can watch it as a regular release.

Adapted by screenwriter Andrew McCarten from his own novel of the same name, and directed by Ian Fitzgibbon, “Death Of a Superhero” is centered on the story of 14-yearold Donald (Thomas Brodie-Sangster). He enjoys drawing comics and wants to have a girlfriend, both of which are pretty normal interests for his age. What is less normal is that Donald has leukemia. He has already had several cycles of chemotherapy, but it isn’t yet clear if he will be able to defeat the disease.

Donald’s parents (Michael McElhatton and Sharon Horgan) don’t know how to deal with their son’s sudden bouts of anger and wild mood swings. Meanwhile, the boy becomes more and more immersed in the fantasy world of his drawings, in which he imagines himself as a muscular superhero with a beautiful female sidekick, who helps him to defeat a villain, The Glove.

Things change in Donald’s life after he meets counselor Adrian King (Andy Serkis) and strikes up a friendship with Shelly (Aisling Loftus), a pretty teenage girl who gives him something to hold on to.

“Death Of a Superhero” was screened at several major film festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival and Tribeca, while Loftus collected the Dublin Film Critics Special Jury Prize at the Dublin International Film Festival.

“‘Death of a Superhero’ doesn’t sugarcoat anything – neither cancer nor the awkward, unpleasant ways people deal with it,” a reviewer for Variety commented about the movie.

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