Movie Review of Temple Grandin on HBO

by on December 20, 2010

in Entertainment, movie reviews

Temple Grandin movie poster, with Clair Danes

This is the second movie review of the HBO movie Temple Grandin on As unusual as it may seem, though Tim wrote a great piece about the movie, I just saw it and could not in good faith not say something. It was that moving, plus I’ve written this so this second piece complements Tim’s and thus, they go hand-in-hand.

Claire Danes in Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin is a moving drama about the woman herself, Temple Grandin, played exquisitely by Claire Danes. Ms. Grandin is autistic and we follow her from youth to her adult life as she struggles with her condition of Autism. But it’s not the Autism itself she struggles with, but the people around her who don’t understand her.

This movie starts out a bit odd because it’s hard to immediately grasp the flow of the story & character as we first begin to watch Temple. But as the film moves forward and we see how she see’s things and start to understand the brilliance in which she see’s the world, you get past the distraction of her condition and begin to embrace it. It suddenly becomes the strength of the movie and before you know it, the rest of the world is your enemy as you struggle with the frustration of the people around Temple who don’t understand her, who don’t see how Temple sees things.

Claire Danes and Julia Ormond in Temple Grandin

There are several moments of frustration but in the end, through her own perseverance and stepping through the doors that open for her, we experience the triumph of not only the woman herself, but the pride and justification her mother, Eustacia, played by Julia Ormond.

David Strathairn

David Strathiarn plays Professor Carlock, the first person who actually took the time to see how she learns things, the inspiration for Temple for the rest of her life. Like I said, this movie starts out oddly slow but before you know it you are there feeling the journey that Temple and her hug machine take. (No, I’m not explaining that, you’ll have to see the movie for yourself.)

The other side of this story that is brought to light, is the underlying cattle industry and some of the practices that Temple addresses in her journey. It’s part of her journey and brings to light certain aspects that you might not have otherwise been aware of. It also makes you wonder, amongst the various exposes out there, what is really going on in some companies in the cattle (and other livestock) industry to save time and money.

It’s an ugly world most don’t want to know about, and every now and then, something good comes along and shoves your face right in it.

As it stands, it’s a great story, and I understand how Temple Grandin has won 7 Emmy’s, and 16 other film award nominations. It’s been nominated for 3 2011 Golden Globes & 3 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Temple Grandin is a powerful & inspiring movie. You’ll find yourself laughing one moment, then crying the next. (I mean… um, you might. Not me… nope, uh huh.) It is very much worth the two hours you will spend being inspired. If you have HBO on Comcast, it can be found in the In Demand section at the time this article was written.

Temple Grandin movie review by Tim; Dr. Temple Grandin’s Autism Website.

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