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Morgan Matthews (2014)

106min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Films that portray people with autism often give them compensatory "superpowers", and on the surface this British comedy drama is no exception. The young hero here is the socially awkward and introverted Nathan (Asa Butterfield), who is a maths whizz. The story takes him to an international maths contest where all the kids are brainboxes, with Nathan a relatively small fish in a big pond. However, the experience improves both Nathan's confidence and his ability to come out of his shell, so much so that he even forms a bond with a Chinese student (Jo Yang). This emotional connection also has an effect on Nathan's relationships with his maths mentor (Rafe Spall) and widowed mum (Sally Hawkins). The debut feature from Morgan Matthews may lack a climax and, at approaching two hours, slightly outstays its welcome. But it is nicely feel-good, is less manipulative than it could have been, and is well played by the high-calibre cast.

Summary

A specially awkward teenager finds it difficult to communicate with people, but finds comfort in his passion for numbers. However, while training to take part in the forthcoming International Mathematical Olympiad, he finds love with a kindred spirit. Comedy drama, starring Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins.

Cast & Crew

Nathan Ellis Asa Butterfield
Julie Ellis Sally Hawkins
Martin Humphreys Rafe Spall
Richard Grieve Eddie Marsan
Zhang Mei Jo Yang
Michael Ellis Martin McCann
Luke Shelton Jake Davies
Isaac Cooper Alex Lawther
Deng Laoshi Orion Lee
Ben Morgan Percelle Ascott
Director Morgan Matthews
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Other Information

Language: English, Mandarin +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Koch MediaGuidance: Swearing, drug abuseAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 13 Mar 2015
Drama Comedy