- Directed by: Matthew Warchus
- With: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West
- 120 Minutes
“Bill Nighy, you were the man in About Time when you told Tim how to conquer the ladies… You were part of the huge disappointment that I, Frankenstein was… And now, after watching you in Pride, I must say that it’s a pleasure to see you on the screen delivering great and enjoyable performances in both good and bad movies! In other news today I discovered that not all lesbians are vegetarian…”
Imagine a life without the rights you always took for granted… A life where a sense of oppression and a strict mentality controlled everyone’s behavior… A life without the support of those you always considered as your friends… For many gays and lesbians around the world this was their daily life in the past and only after years of struggle things start changing. Now, things are not great, there’s still oppression and there are people who see homosexuality as a choice, but they are considerable better. For those who still think that equality is wrong, perhaps you should stop reading my review because for the next lines I will tell you what the movie Pride meant to me in both artistic and political aspects and you can already now my feelings of support regarding this topic.
Not so many years ago the world was ruled by people who saw homosexuality as choice (a bad one in their opinion) and people seize that advantage to bully and mock those who they often called perverts. Pride kicks off with this small premise… A world in which gay and lesbians were seen as flaws in what most people back then considered a moral society. Margaret Thatcher was in the power and after so many years of running away, a group of pro-active gays and lesbians decide to take a stand and to support a group of miners which would lead them to an historical revolution. It’s basically like Les Mis without the music part and with a funny sense of humor that made it a lot better. Pride can be interpreted as a message of hope mixed in the middle of a funny and unconventional style of storytelling. A surprise in every sense of the word that I want to share with you that stars the great Bill Nighy and Andrew Scott, our dear beloved Moriarty from BBC’s Sherlock.
The year is 1984 and young Joe (George MacKay) arrives in London from his home-town, Bromley, for his first Gay Pride parade and is introduced to a group of gay men that also features one lesbian, Steph (Faye Marsay). Alongside with his new friends, they will work on a support campaign to help the miners who were on strike in response to Thatcher rough politics as a sign of solidarity and union. Perhaps with some luck in the middle, they find themselves in a Welsh village affected by the strike and they start supporting the miners with the money they earned from their initial campaign. But when the miners see this with repulse, Joe and his friends plan a series of events and campaigns to help the miners both psychologically and financially with parties, charity actions and by giving advices on how to be more active and to feel less ashamed. When they finally manage to gain the trust of the villagers, the group of young activists starts preparing one last and memorable big event in order to help the miners from all the UK.
Pride tries to convince us of a need for a fight, for a revolution and when it’s time to do so, the feelings of anger become the trigger for an amazing energy boost that conquered me. From one side, we have the proud members of LGSM who thought with all their strengths for a noble cause with the objective to help the poor man and women who were suffering from police and public mistreats just like they did. It’s interesting to see how a group of people who was once bullied by another group decides to give a break to that hate or indignation in order to help them. They are committed to their task and to their objective and they didn’t care about the way they were seen by everyone. They simply wanted to help the poor miners who were passing through one of toughest strikes in history. By the other we have the villagers who received the LGSM with some caution at first that lead to some disagreements but as soon as they realize how nice they were to them, they started hanging out altogether, side by side, united for one cause and they went from “enemies” to friends after knowing each other. It’s funny to see the improvement in those people’s behaviors and the way both groups share thoughts and experiences. Although there are some really funny moments, Pride manages to stick to its premise and to say “Union makes us stronger” in an absolutely captivating way.
The actors and actress who played homosexual characters gave a clear bit of their heart to the story by showing in a great way how hard it was to be gay back then. They play a major role in terms of the revolution and in that field they captivated me right in the beginning of the movie (Yep, I enjoy a lot these stories). There are some new faces, at least for me, and some amazing actors like the ones I’ve mentioned before who add something more special to the fight. “Bromley” or Joe is a victim of a system concentrated in judging the others for being different and joins the group to fight against the power and the morals he always considered as wrong. He is a bit ashamed at first but when the wheels start rolling, nothing can stop him from helping his fellow mates reaching their common goal. The way things go in the village is natural and it’s funny to see how good everyone starts relating with each other. It’s so easy to fell to feel attracted towards the energy of most of the characters, who display a will to fight against the government oppression.
I must say that I expected something funny but I was really far from imagining something so exciting like this. Pride was without any doubt an amazing British film that displays part of the magic that the world of cinema is capable of deliver. The movie is an addictive and captivating experience that pleased me a lot. The actors and their characters worked really well and most of the performances enhanced the lot the quality of the movie. I was compelled with the way the members of LGSM were committed to accomplish something that big and when everyone starts relating with each other and the movie suddenly wins a more funny tone that conquered me. Pride is a contagious and funny movie in which serious business are discussed and in which people fight for their rights. A fight for freedom, a fight for their rights and a display of what we can achieve if we take action instead of just saying some nice words. Pride is a great movie I advise you to see, for what represents in both historical and ethical aspects.
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