Kevin Dillon (Kieran Culkin) and his mother (Sharon Stone) move next door to Maxwell Kane (Elden Henson) and his grandparents (Gena Rowlands, Harry Dean Stanton). Thirteen-year-old Max is a giant boy with size 14 shoes who’s slow in school, short on courage, and long on not fitting in. Then he meets Kevin, a tiny Einstein in leg braces with more smarts, lip and nerve than any kid in town. Both boys have been outcasts all their lives. To the local hoods, they’re Frankenstein and Igor. But together - with tiny Kevin perched on the shoulders of giant Max - they form a single, mighty warrior: an imposing force with an iron will, a wild imagination, and the mightiest air of nobility since the reign of King Arthur.

The quest for friendship is the noblest cause of all.

The Mighty is about the empowering nature of friendship - in this case, between a gentle but not too bright giant of a kid called Max - played by Elden Hensen and his new neighbour Kevin - Kieran Culkin - who has a debilitating disease. Kevin may not be too agile physically but his brain`s in top gear and his heart is huge. As individuals these two are outsiders, together, inspired by heroic tales of medieval knights they are a winning combination...This is only the third film from British director Peter Chelsom - he`d previously made the delightfully eccentric Funny Bones and Hear My Song - it`s his first American film. It`s based on a very popular book for young adults Freak The Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. It could have been a sentimentalised sloppy story but Chelsom`s too clever for that. He brings great humour to the story, wonderful performances from the two children and a great texture to their working class lives. Kevin lives with his single mother played quite wonderfully by Sharon Stone and Max with his grandparents - Gena Rowlands and Harry Dean Stanton. Pretty solid casting. There is a touch of melodrama towards the end not helped by James Gandolfini`s less subtle performance but The Mighty is one of those films that I would absolutely relish taking my children to see...