The Elephant Man
Directed by David Lynch
I recently saw the hospital the real Joseph Merrick stayed in London, although I was too freaked out that I was on my own in Whitechapel to properly appreciate the historical significance. That was a fun fact before a very unfun movie.
This is the story of John Merrick, a severely deformed man who is being exploited at a freak show. Frederick Treves, a surgeon, tracks him down with the intent to study his condition. Obviously, they form a deeper connection.
I might be accused of being heartless, but honestly, I felt that this movie was a bit heavy handed with its moralism. The movie just kept going more and more over the top. I didn't think the director could outdo the famous "I am not an animal!" scene, but the ending was possibly even more sentimental. It's one of those films where everyone believes they are giving career defining performances that I find exhausting to watch.
Call me a cold bitch, but this is a two star movie.
Joseph Merrick's exact condition is still not known.
Mel Brooks was the producer of this film but left his name out of the credits so the audience wouldn't get the wrong idea.