The Story of Luke (2012)
Running Time: 95 minutes
Directed by: Alonso Mayo
Starring: Lou Taylor Pucci, Seth Green, Cary Elwes, Kristin Bauer van Straten
The Story of Luke is an independent film written and directed by Alonso Mayo, and if I’m not mistaken, this is his first feature film. The story is about a young man with autism called Luke (Pucci), who loves to watch cooking shows, and is somewhat of a cook himself. Sheltered by his grandparents, Luke is suddenly thrown into the real world when Luke and his grandfather moved in with his Uncle Paul (Elwes) and Aunt Cindy (van Straten). Determined, Luke sets on a quest to search for a job, his true love, and eventually the ability to live on his own.
The story was heartwarming, yet there were moments where I just couldn’t help but crack up from Luke’s determination, and let’s call it eccentricities. With the minimal knowledge I have about autism, I have to say Mayo did a good job at capturing the general idea of an autistic mindset. Which brings me to the next point, Lou Taylor Pucci’s performance was solid, as he added the little quirks, movements, and even a slight change in his tone of voice. Seth Green who portrayed Zach, Luke’s mentor/co-worker, did a surprisingly good job in portraying another character with a slight mental disorder.
Overall, the storyline was quite touching with moments of vulnerability shown through Luke and his family, but it did not fail to live up to its label as a comedy film as well. I also think it’s a good movie to create some sort of an awareness about autism, and I hope more people will get to watch it too.
Rating: 6 out of 10