Pride Review

Pride is a film set on the back drop of Thatcherism and follows a group of lesbian and gay men fighting to raise money for the miners who are on strike.

This moving film brings to life the struggles that the gay community went through up until 1985 and how they were shunned even for trying to help.

Despite the main narrative of helping the striking miners in a small Welsh town, the film is really about groups of neglected and deprived communities coming together as one, a message that is reiterated throughout the entirety.

It also tackles the concept of personal acceptance of who you are with the young, in-the-closet character Joe played by George MacKay.

With a brilliant cast including Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Andrew Scott and This is England star Joseph Gilgun, Pride is without a doubt one of the best British films to date.

As the film is centred on Thatcherism, each character is magnificently dressed in the Mod Rocker style of the 1980’s with big hair and high-waisted jeans.

The only criticism is that the film was a bit slow to start and there was little character insight but nevertheless everything in this brilliant comedy drama worked perfectly.

As well as dealing with these strikes and protests, the film also briefly brings up the HIV Epidemic through the cameo appearance of the brilliant Russell Tovey (Being Human, Him & Her).

This moving yet hilarious feel-good film may tackle Gay and Lesbian elements but it is a film for everyone.

It is a heart-warming, true story about people coming together and will have you smiling from start to finish.

Only until the end, do we understand that the events taken place are based around real characters and real events.

This really adds to the emotional narrative as it shows how a little help from both communities can go a long way.

Everything, from the fashion and music to the narrative, works perfectly together and the ending will have you in tears as it brings together all the characters for the Gay Rights March.

Directed by Matthew Warchus and written by Stephen Beresford, this brilliant film will take you on a whirlwind of emotions from beginning to end.

A moving but hilarious film for all to see.


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