Absolutely warm movie, glad I watched! (by suripat)
A very nice take on an autistic person life, dreams, difficulties. I watched with pleasure and every scene was so convincing. I simply cannot understand why this movie does not have higher scores. The Star Trek stuff was cleverly inserted into context and as a fan of science and space fiction that could not be better. Go watch it, if, as a Vulcan, you don't mind shedding some tears!
A story about an aspie girl and her special interest. (by cuecuite)
Being autistic myself I had a high expectation for this film. And they totally nailed it! Its an awesome performance, the idea is brilliant and I like they did not exaggerate her aspie traits. If I would have to complain of one thing, it would be about the scene about the session with the carer about forcing her to look into her eyes for some seconds, because its a type of therapy that is not so accepted by the autistic community and it seeemed a bit sad. I would also would have liked to see her stim a bit more like humming, rocking, pressing a squishy toy, etc for self regulation but that <more>
is ok, many people on the spectrum do not stim that is so noticeable. For all those who have never known any autistics or ever had communication issues, sensory processing issues and overload it will be a difficult story to contextualize, but it really is a big adventure! And in the end I personally loved it, it was fun and sweet and endearing.
Superb movie, my favourite for 2018 so far! (by haroot_azarian)
So before I make my armchair movie critic contribution I have to say that the review given by one particular gentleman is absolutely pathetic. I am certain beyond a shadow of a doubt that English is his second language and going by his grammar, very poor at it too! Now the movie. I have been a Dakota Fanning fan since I saw her first in Man on Fire. A naturally talented actress whose talents just grew with her as she grew herself. I found nothing wrong with the movie, the acting, story-line, cinematography and the directing was perfectly fine. This is a movie that highlights the fact that <more>
autism is not a handicap and in fact a lot of people with autism have some sort of hidden talents. I highly recommend this movie.
I don't really watch dramas and I wasn't sure I would enjoy this movie so I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was. The story and acting were both superb. I was immersed from start to finish. Dakota Fanning was just spectacular. I fully recommend watching this.
Fab film with great performances (by davewilson-01472)
Very pleasantly surprised by this movie! A simple but beautifully delivered storyline with excellent performance by all. Dakota Fanning is especially brilliant as Wendy, an autistic young lady with a love for the Star Trek franchise and the crew of the USS Enterprise. Fannng is very believable in the role, finding the perfect balance between the characteristics of the condition whilst alwsys giving Wendy real depth to her personality and character. A delightful and moving performance which deserves recognition. In support, Toni Collette gives another solid performance, as Wendy's carer. I <more>
found the movie both intriguing and inspirational and at times, quite moving...from the opening scene through to the closing credits...I would highly recommend. PS; don't be put off by the Star Trek references...the movie is really great even if you're not a Trekkie!
Powerful, warm, and lovely movie this summer (by jeannefrancoise)
Dear readers, Dakota Fanning is awesome and she must be gained many awards this year for this movie. I am straightforward to say this because this Please Stand By movie has powerful message for autism, great plots, warm, and lovely movie this summer. The main story of the movie is about a teenage autism girl who wants to reach her goal to send manuscript for writing competition about Star Trek Ending in Paramount Pictures, Los Angeles. By the time she found out that she has many problems, she still keeps forward and forward, no matter how. This is the best part of this movie, because it <more>
teaches us how to use all of our means to reach our goal and there is no excuse to reach such a dream, even for people with autism. The plots created in this movie are also straight, there is no twist, as I really do not like twist movie. This is why this movie has a clear ending and the message still kept warm in our heart while we already seen the credit list at the end. We must appreciate the Director who combined the pop culture with fundamental ideas of being an American in the modern era. The location and setting for this filming is basically really American, with the view of Los Angeles downtown, streets, building, and people. This movie somehow delivers us the American culture of how to becoming individualist person, but also together in very urgent time. Above all, there is family value that can not be bargained with anything. The Director is successful to send this powerful message for us, including the autism center management, police service, part time working situation, hospital guardians, and bus drivers role, they are not just there in the scene without purpose. They have been set support the main message of this movie and making this movie so natural and loveable. I love this movie.
Not sure which movie the two who slated this movie watched but I thought Dakota was as great. I've lived with an autistic person and it's so difficult to get it right because they are all different. This is a good feel movie and was directed perfectly.
Intriguing and Accurate Portrayal of Creative Autistic Youth (by rannynm)
I was very impressed with this film. The portrayals are fairly accurate and positive. I think that's important.This film is about an autistic girl named Wendy, played by Dakota Fanning. Wendy is a humongous Star Trek fan who runs away from her caregiver and heads to Paramount Pictures to enter her script in a Star Trek writing contest. The first thing that I must talk about is the fact that the main character is a female autistic girl. I am on the autism spectrum myself. Specifically, I have high-functioning Asperger's syndrome. It's a common misconception that autism occurs <more>
mainly in boys, yet this film has a female lead who's on the spectrum and I love that. Autism has such a wide spectrum and effects 1 in 100 people. There are a lot of us out there and, aside from this movie, I can only think of a few other fictional characters on the spectrum and that upsets me. It's rare to see autistic people represented, until recently and they are interesting people. The traits shown in this film are accurate. For example, there's a scene when Wendy sings to herself while covering her ears to block out the loud noises. I can relate to that since I do that too. It's good that the traits shown are correct.Wendy is a character who you can't help but want to root for. I relate to her passion for writing, as I am also a writer. I wanted her to succeed so badly. Also, all of the Star Trek references actually have a purpose. At first, it just seems as if her love of Star Trek is just her special interest, as many autistic people develop special interests. But the movie actually uses the Star Trek references in a much more meaningful way. There's a scene where one of the characters explains to his mom that Spock has trouble with his emotions. He uses this as an example of why Wendy might be obsessed with the show. To be honest, I thought that metaphor was incredibly creative. However, I'll be honest, the older sister, Audrey, really bothered me. I understand Wendy is lower functioning. They show early on how Wendy would freak out and start hitting herself when she was overwhelmed. But, the only reason that Wendy runs away is because her sister doesn't trust Wendy being away from her caregiver, therefore Audrey won't drive Wendy to the post office to drop off the script. I know caretakers will connect with Audrey as it can be difficult to care for people with challenges. I just hope people take away from this movie an understanding that people with challenges can still accomplish great things. Autistic people are extremely creative and deserve more credit and opportunities. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 11 to 18. Reviewed by Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. For more reviews by youth visit kidsfirst dot org.
This is just my opinion. I am by no means an expert. This was great. The acting was spot on and the movie itself and the storyline was capturing. While I do not fully understand how it is to be autistic, I think it was well played out by Dakota. If you are looking for a good movie to watch and this sounds interesting, it is worth a shot. No big script, no huge budget. But it didn't matter at all and I never missed a thing in it.