SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS – Sundance Movie Review
SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS is another movie that I really enjoyed at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. It marks the directorial debut of Mark Ruffalo, who also stars in the film, and is written by Christopher Thornton, who stars as the main character.
Sympathy for Delicious tells the story of DJ “Delicious” Dean (Christopher Thornton), a recent paraplegic who one day wakes up to find he has the power of healing, the only thing is, he cannot heal himself. From there the movie shows how Dean’s life changes and the different people that want to us his power for different reasons. One of them, a priest (Mark Ruffalo), who works at the shelter Dean goes to, wants him to use his gift to heal the people from the neighborhood, but doesn’t want to pay him for it. Dean also gets involved with a rock band who wants to use his power as a schtick for their performance. We then the consequences of the decisions he makes and the journey he goes on and how this new gift impacts his life and the people around him.
I found this story to be really original and beautiful. It has so many complex layers to it, because when you think about it how would you act if you knew someone who had healing powers or if you had healing powers? Who would you choose to heal? How do you decide? Do you charge for it? Do people that have more money get priority over others? Now the film doesn’t claim to have an answer to any these questions, it merely shows you the story of one specific character, Dean, and how his life is changed.
Christopher Thornton who plays Dean is incredible. I hadn’t seen him in other films before, but within 10 min of Sympathy for Delicious I was sold on his performance. He really just gets the character and all his complexities, and I have a feeling we might be seeing more of him soon.
Orlando Bloom is pretty hilarious, and even though he has a small part in the film, he is definitely memorable as the lead singer of the rock band.
Juliette Lewis plays the part of Ariel Lee, a member of the rock band who brings Dean in.
Laura Linney is really great as the band’s manager, Nina Hogue. I have seen her in a lot of different parts and once again, she is able to shine in the few scenes she’s in.
Finally, Mark Ruffalo not only does a great job of bringing this story alive as a director, but also produces another great performance. The relationship between the priest and Dean has a great dynamic and is a very important part of the film.
Overall, Sympathy for Delicious is a really inspiring and touching film. The story doesn’t always go where you expect it to go, which makes it even more interesting to watch. If the story is something that interests you I recommend you check it out when it comes out to theaters.
Final fun fact, after the screening, Christopher Thornton and Mark Ruffalo got a standing ovation from the audience, and what I didn’t know (and I’m guessing most of the audience didn’t either) is that Christopher Thornton is really paraplegic in real life.