Its one of those stories that would be happy in a theatre and the performances from the the cast which consists of just 2 actors are wonderful and totally convincing.
It holds you and you are not sure how you would like the situation to end, without ruining the end I will just say it left me satisfied.
I recommend it was worth the rent.
I watched the second ep and I was gripped from the start. To me it was about a sizeable minority out there whom us straights knew little about. The sex scenes were to me at that time shocking but sex scenes are just part of any adult drama so I was not disturbed as some where at that time. But the seminal and brilliant thing about this was the writing, Russel T Davies is a big name over here and always writes quality TV.
At that time I thought all gay people were just the Larry Grayson effeminate stereotypes, it never occurred to me that there are gay people who are as "queer as "Folk"", as in, just normal people with the same drives and ambitions who just want to live happy and hassle free lives. I also remember learning that Aiden Gillen (a fellow Dub) was not gay but straight and being minorly shocked by that.
I recently watch this again which prompted this review and I can say that this was one of the best and most educating TV shows I have ever seen. It got good ratings and I believe "added" to our more accepting attitudes to homosexuality. This is what TV dramas do at their best and this is one of the finest examples.
It is still worth a watch.
The series hits so many other buttons, the performances are great, the weird colour scheme, the sound track and the comic book styled characters which all add together into the most original piece of tele I have seen in years. Although I see that this is series 1 I would be satisfied if they left it stand alone. But with Black Mirror and this it is good to see C4 is back in the fringes.
It is structured by piecing together a lot of archive film that is edited so brilliantly that it like watching a scripted film that tells a great story, a film with real stars and characters. The subject matter is based on HIV but what I took away from the film is how people with such a motivation did "act up" and used democracy to achieve an objective. It is compulsive viewing for any interested in any type of campaigning.
My only criticism of the film is it did not fully explore the reason for the early antagonism toward people with the virus and why the medical establishment and governments at that time were slow to act. But in the end I seen a film about a story I did not know about, a story about successful democratic campaign that has saved millions of lives. I now think these early campaigners should have got Nobel recognition. The film is that powerful.
Its one of those basic story lines where a group of no hopers overcome their little problems with the usual love interest as a side plot and then it all comes good in the end. It's perfect bubblegum, I smiled and laughed all the way through and the next day I found myself re-watching some of the songs on youtube.
The cast are great and IMO Rebel Wilson as Fatamy steals it. The music is great and its a perfect date movie and I thoroughly enjoyed this film. But LOL don't tell my mates.
It's a film about the universe of a woman's soul and it's rather compelling. I thought it was great and it lingers with you, its inconclusive and that makes you draw your own conclusions, so the film will be different for everyone. I drew we are all alone and no-one really knows us.
The film is one of those rare anticipated films that lives up to its hype. It was stunning, a character driven plot with a modern retelling of the French revolution and it's "terror". A film about individualism with-in a community and all just wanting to do the right thing. The story packed tensions and kept you on edge with surprises. The cast was stela and all excellent, Tom Hardy as Bane was strangely memorable as a motivated psychopathic tyrant.
But I have to mention Joseph Gordon-Levitt, what a surprise, first I knew I seen him somewhere before and then it dawned on me, he was the kid in the "third rock from the sun", wow, he is all grown up now and I believe Hollywood's new kid on the block. But my favourite moments in this film was Anne Hathaway's take on the iconic cat women. Somehow she combined a sexiness and beauty but made me feel she was once the pretty girl next door. A cat woman who is human and accessible something surprisingly I never seen before.
I will bitch about the last 15 minutes of the franchise feeding ending which was very OTT. But I can't wait to see this film again on the DVD release.
But I am being unfair, I did enjoy the film and my 2 nephews whom I brought along are still trying to run up the walls, they absolutely loved it. I recommend it but have low expectations, it is not The Avengers in effects or 3D but still a great film to take kids to.
A particularly wonderful touch was the way Richard 2 was played like an unearthly Micheal Jackson character, he even had a monkey, a perfect nuance to the divine and lofty king Richard 2.
The cutting dialog was beautiful and wonderfully ambiguous, each line gives you a sense of wonder and sometimes a wow. I looked up the author and I can see this Shakespeare chap going places, he may even win a Bafta award someday.
Well-done the BeeB for commissioning this and I am now looking forward to the rest of the hollow crown series.