The attention to detail in the look and sound of the film is just beautiful. The score elevates what is a story of mundane emotion, common in that it is one that the majority of the human race feel in wanting to connect with others. Butterfield, aided by James Graham's screenplay, displays Nathan's many facets: worry about being different; nervousness in new situations, even in competitions which we are led to believe that he should easily adapt to; clingy protectiveness to his mother. The actors all handle themselves very competently. Where Butterfield is hesitant, Spall seems to be paying homage to Michael Caine in Educating Rita with his sweary, bad tempered teacher and Hawkins is extremely nervous but also warm. Eddie Marsan is at his repulsive best as the sneering Richard, his ability to access the essence of such opposing characters is a wonder as usual. Overall, X+Y is a truthful and humane story. Nathan is not just a diagnosis or a maths whizz, he is a complex person with emotions and sometimes those emotions manage to get the better of him. It might have been nice for Hawkins' character to be fleshed out a bit more, but as it stands this is a pleasant and forgiving examination of human weakness.
Maryann O'Connor | @Onlyonemaryana