I’ve seen a couple posts floating around Tumblr today in regard to the movie Adam, which is about a young man with Asperger’s Syndrome. I wrote a review of the movie some time ago, and I thought I’d share my thoughts (on the film, gender roles, society, and much more) here on Tumblr. (WARNING: This review may contain slight spoilers. Read at your own discretion.)
After months of build-up and numerous people asking me about it, I finally went to see the movie Adam, starring Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne. Adam is about the life of a young man named Adam Raki, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, and Beth Buchwald, the woman with whom he falls in love and has a relationship.
I had forearmed myself before I went in to the film, realizing how important it was not to get my hopes up about strongly “identifying” with the character of Adam. I had read postings on an Asperger’s Syndrome listserv from several people who had already seen the movie and their feelings on it. With maybe one exception, however, these people were men. I strongly suspected then that what I was going to see in Adam was a depiction of the “male version” of Asperger’s Syndrome.