Martian Child; Movie Review
Reviewed By: Nancy Eastman
Starring John Cusack, Bobby Coleman, Amanda Peet, and Joan Cusack.
Rated PG, Now available on DVD.
Original release date 2007
Martian Child is a must-see movie for anyone who has gone through a difficult time with a child. Martian Child is one of the rare movies with a positive view of life and how to help a child grow. This movie presents a different perspective, another way of dealing with a troubled child.
A male science-fiction writer visits the grave of his deceased wife. Very lonely, he considers adopting a child. After some time he ends up taking a young boy home with him and starts the adoption process. This young boy thinks he is a Martian.
At one point the boy demonstrates a couple of abilities that makes the science-fiction writer stop and pause. The writer begins to wonder whether the boy might actually be different in some way.
The major portion of the movie is all about the interaction between the writer and the young boy. Watching the writer try to communicate with and help the young boy, and watching the young boy try to fit into the world while thinking he is from Mars, draws the viewer into the movie. We experience the movie as well as sit and watch it.
Another aspect of the movie is that it presents two totally different types of mental health professionals. The first type consists of many mental health workers, those who are stuck in a box and can’t see what is outside of that box. The second type is harder to find, but very good at what they do. They know and understand what is in the box, but they also see and understand what is outside of the box. This movie shows you the unique method that the writer uses to help this young child and the growth that the writer himself goes through.
I have read some very positive reviews of this movie and also have read some reviews that dismiss it as boring and unimportant. If you have had any difficulties in your life, of any kind, then this movie will inspire you and leave you feeling very good at the end. This movie is very heart-warming and uplifting.
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