The Mighty Movie Review

mighty1The Mighty- A Movie That Will Touch Your Heart and Spirit

Dave Ping is the Executive Director of Equipping Ministries International and told me I needed to watch this movie. I knew this movie meant something to him because he had mentioned it a few times during training classes and when he talks about it he usually chokes up. Dave doesn't do that often. The movie is based on the children's book, Freak, the Mighty by Rodman Phillbrick. Viewers become captivated as the movie unveils the unlikely friendship between two seventh grade boys in Cincinatti that are considered freaks.

Kevin, portrayed by Kieran Culkin, has Morquio’s Syndrome, which causes his bones to stop growing while his organs still expand. Max, portrayed by Elden Henson is a large, Scandinavian gentle young man who is trapped inside a world of silence and isolation because he feels awkward and has a learning disability. Max and Kevin shared an amazing friendship which began when Kevin was assigned to tutor Max in reading. "You need a brain, I need legs--and the Wizard of Oz doesn’t live in South Cincinnati." So Max carries Kevin around on his shoulders since he uses crutches. The two boys decide that they are going to make a difference in their community despite their obstacles.They do good deeds that are modeled after King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. The boys deal with bullies, sports and dysfunctional family situations effectively.The movie is a must see because it really points out our need for each other. With friends we don't have to be perfect. We can be weak and when we are connected we can be "Mighty" and unstoppable. This inspirational movie will have viewers celebrating the lives they have while also realizing the power of helping others in loving relationships.