Monday, November 30, 2009

November 28, 2009

Billy Elliot (2000)
Going into this, I sort of assumed that it would be a light-hearted comedy, since it's hailed on the DVD case as being by the same filmmakers as Four Weddings and Funeral and Notting Hill. It's actually very dark in some places. That's not a detriment - I love films with a good blend of moods. It was very strange seeing Jamie Bell so young, but it's clear that he was a dancer first and an actor second. He's amazing. Julie Walters was great as always - definitely deserving of her Oscar nomination. I like the way they deal with the question of sexuality in the film, also. It's not really something you can escape when you have a movie about a young boy who wants to take ballet classes instead of boxing, but they handle it well.
My Netflix rating: 4 stars

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