A doctor discovers a drug to wake up catatonic patients.
Starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro.
Written by Oliver Sacks ( Novel) and Steven Zaillian ( Screenplay )
Directed by Penny Marshall.
This is superb!
It ticks all of the boxes as to what a movie should be. To be honest I've had it on my Sky box for a few weeks and never really fancied watching it for some reason. But it really is worthy of as many accolades as it's been given.
The story sucks you in right from the beginning and two two main actors are brilliant. I've seen a few De Niro films now and this is the best I've seen him by far. His portrayal of the first catatonic patient to wake up is worthy of an Oscar. I knew he was a great actor but this performance is top drawer. Robin Williams is brilliantly understated and together they are perfect castings.
Awakenings is tearjerker and the plot won't have you on the edge of your seat, it will have you reaching for the tissues. It's an incredibly moving film. Well acted, well directed and with a great soundtrack. Brilliant!
This could be an early favourite to be my favourite movie watched this year.