Andrew Garfield Learns To 'Breathe' In Andy Serkis' Directorial Debut

The former Spider-Man does his own 'The Theory of Everything'.

Breathe (PG13)

Starring Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy 

Directed by Andy Serkis

When the release of his alternate take on The Jungle Book (now called Mowgli) was delayed, mo-cap performance pioneer Andy Serkis decided to fill his newly-emptied directorial slot with this: The moving biopic of Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield, amazing), the polio-stricken father of his pal and producing partner Jonathan. 

If you’re expecting this to be an uplifting, turn-that-frown-into-a-smile story, a la The Theory of Everything, you aren’t wrong. But it also introduces an obscure fact: Cavendish played a part in co-creating a groundbreaking respirator-fitted wheelchair with inventor Teddy Hall (the wonderful Hugh Bonneville), whose own story deserves to be told someday. (***)

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