While Breathe is a touching tale and story of a true hero in the progression of disabled lives I did find that the film jumped about a bit to freely. While watching the film you have Johnathan as a baby and the next scenes he is suddenly a bit older, you begin to piece together the story as the boy ages which can be a little off putting at times. Direction wise it flows okay, the beginning of the films, which depicts the relationship between Robin and Diana felt a little rushed, and personally I would of liked to see a bit more to help get you invested in the young love they shared before the illness and not just the story of Robin's disability. On saying this though the is touching and the final goodbye at the films end was a tearjerker.
This is a loving tribute to a man who helped so many people like him and someone who didn't let his disability stop him from living his life to the fullest. If a few nagging jumps through the story were fixed up and if we could get a look at the initial story of the Cavendish's before Robin's illness it would have made this a more engaging film at points. I did find my mind wandering at times which is a shame, as the film is beautifully shot and had such strong performances from all involved. I think Breathe will always, unfortunately for the film, be compared in a way to The Theory Of Everything which took so much more of the passion and history of the life of Hawkins in a way Breathe didn't really do.
This is a good what though and is a story that should be told. Garfield and Foy are brilliant throughout and the supporting cast deserve just as much praise. the perfect weekend afternoon watch. Just get ready for those tears near the end.