As expected, lots of conversations are happening surrounding last night’s TV movie debut.
The New York Daily News
Countdown to the Revolution
Deafness at About.com
All the Young Dudes
Jim’s Deep Thoughts
My opinion? Haven’t finished it yet, but I was impressed with how the film portrayed deaf characters’ interactions with others and sound. I also liked how the movie presented the arguments we hear from both sides of the cochlear implant debate.
However, it was disappointing the story revolved around a custody case. I hated seeing Dan (Jeff Daniels) and Laura’s (Marlee Matlin) relationship take a turn the way it did. They had such a loving relationship with him respectful of the deaf culture and we watched that relationship slowly fall apart thanks to their differences on the cochlear implant issue.
It was a delight watching the kids from the school for the deaf perform Wizard of Oz. The movie turned off sounds from time to time so hearing people could see how the deaf experience noisy situations.
Someone mentioned that no one asked Adam (the child) what he wanted. Like I said, I haven’t seen the whole movie. Considering Adam is at least eight, I believe most lawyers would ask the child what he wants at this age. But I could be wrong.
Jericho‘s Shoshanna Stern played a deaf person who went the oral route. She showed her cochlear implant — that thing looked like something from the ’80s. It was thick. I searched for older pictures of cochlear implants to see if they put an older one on her, but no luck. None of the cochlear implants look like that today.