When you really think about it, there haven't really been too many films that focus entirely on people with disabilities. In fact, it has been five years since I last saw a film about a name with Down Syndrome in 2010's Girlfriend. Dylan Harman, the young lead of The Rainbow Kid, really holds his own in the film, which addresses some of the stereotypes people have against people with disabilities.
The Rainbow Kid sees Eugene having a number of encounters on his journey, which ranges from quite comedic to very dark. In fact, the film makes quite a bit of a tonal shift in the final act, which can come off as quite shocking. However, this is not really a detriment to The Rainbow Kid, since its actually kind of brave not to sugercoat this journey Eugene goes on. Altogether, The Rainbow Kid is a touching, funny, and occasionally quite dark odyssey of this young man with Down Syndrome.
The Rainbow Kid opens today at the Carlton Cinema