X+Y (A Brilliant Young Mind) – Tells its Special Story With Great Care
This fine British film is a fictional/fact movie version of the documentary production ‘Beautiful Young Minds’ which was in turn about the real-life Math prodigy Daniel Lightwing. Asa Butterfield is perfect in the title role and has a strong cast of professional performers to compliment his performance. Prolific playwright James Graham’s debut screenplay is exceptional in almost every detail and carries the viewer through a rollercoaster ride of human emotions - as his youthful characters, etc, navigate unfamiliar human experiences.
Solid direction and stylish cinematography keep it all on track, with Martin Phipps’ haunting music score nicely setting the moods for each scene. Sally Hawkins gives yet another of her introspective performance as Butterfield’s widowed mother - with good support from Rafe Spall (Life of Pi) as Butterfield’s somewhat tortured mentor. Superior entertainment for discerning viewers, with its DVD release big on transfer quality.