Quickie: Pride

Pride Film PosterWhen a group of gay men and lesbians turn up in a small Welsh village in support of the miners’ strikes, not everyone is happy to have their support.

The UK miners’ strike of the mid 1980s ripped apart not just families but whole communities, and so it’s a little surprising that it’s the subject of a comedy. What’s even more surprising is that for the large part it works brilliantly.

Most (in the UK at least) will roughly know how the miners’ strike concluded, so there’s no huge conflict in that regard. Instead, it comes from the tensions between the LGBT community, their handful of non-gay supporters and, well, just about everyone else.

The script, written by Stephen Beresford, is a perfect combination of heartfelt and (often very dry) humour that will have you giggling to yourself just as much as you catch a lump in your throat. This script is impeccably delivered by all involved, partly due to the fact that they all look like they’re having a wonderful time with it. Imelda Staunton in particular is wonderful, although there are few, if any, weak links in terms of casting.

A few cliches and stereotype issues aside, Pride will only fail to connect with the most cold hearted of viewers, and whilst it may be stretching it somewhat to call it a ‘feel good film’, there are few films this year that are quite so adept at making you grin from ear to ear one minute and reaching for the tissues the next. Unless, of course, you’re massively right wing.

4 and a half pigeons

4.5/5 pigeons

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12 thoughts on “Quickie: Pride

  1. Stu says:

    When I first saw the trailer for this I thought I’d give it a miss but I’ve seen a few very positive reviews now. I’ll probably have to catch it on Netflix or somewhere else now but it sounds very good.

  2. Still haven’t seen this but man am I looking forward to it. Short but sweet review mate 🙂

  3. ruth says:

    I’m a bit surprised that the story is treated as comedy but sounds like it worked. Kind of reminds me of 50/50 which deals w/ a difficult subject of cancer yet it was made somewhat comedic and it worked wonderfully.

  4. Definitely going to be watching this one when I get the chance 🙂

  5. Nostra says:

    One of those movies I probably would have never checked out because the poster made it look like a silly comedy, but was happy to have seen it during a festival. Great mix of both drama and humour as you mention.

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