Monkey Reviews

Through the Eyes of A Chimp

Monkey Reviews
May 28, 2007
“Rory O’Shea Was Here” – from the Heart of The Chimp

You might recognize the name James McEvoy. He most recently played the doctor/”personal mentor” to Idi Amin in “Last King of Scotland”. In a completely different genre, McEvoy plays a severely physically disabled young adult in a small independent Scottish/British movie, “Rory O’Shea was Here”. I’m not sure what genre you would classify this movie but it definitely doesn’t fall into the typical “feel good ‘Crip” movie.

The plot is simple: two friends who are disabled long for the freedom of independent living and the rough and tumble journey that gets them there. But the meaning of the movie is anything but simple. It gleans it’s message from both the harshness and disappointment of reality but also it speaks of the joy that comes from the bonds of friendship and the deep heartfelt impulse of sacrifice. It covers a wide range of issues and questions; one being “Is it better to stay with the comforts of safety or forge ahead into the unknown?” A question that everyone, disabled or not, eventually must come to terms with at sometime in their life. “Rory O’Shea Was Here” is a movie that is evocative but the inspiration doesn’t come across in a cheap way. The movie is heartfelt but only because it both plumbs the depths of suffering and captures the elation of liberation. It is a liberty that involves friendship and letting the largess of hope and faith touch down into the messiness of life. Ultimately it tells the story of the search for independence but an independence that is finally won through community and connection.