View Full Version : Pride (Matthew Warchus)

Stay Puft
11-23-2014, 06:27 PM
Dir. Matthew Warchus


IMDb page (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3169706/)

Stay Puft
11-23-2014, 06:47 PM
I saw this back in August so it's not terribly fresh in my memory. I wrote this a while ago, apparently:

Pride was the film I got to see at the secret volunteer preview screening. It didn't quite break the streak of middling experiences but I'd say my reaction is more mixed to positive because it did make me laugh, and the cast is pretty damn good. It's also aggressively crowd pleasing, though, which sometimes strikes a false chord w/r/t content and tone, and of course also means a predictable and cliché narrative trajectory.

I guess that sums it up. It hasn't resonated well with me, though, in that it hasn't resonated at all. The film has good intentions but evaporates into thin air. The older I get, the more weary and suspect I grow of films like these. I'd rather a film that tackles important social/political issues such as this be a sledgehammer to the skull than a... whatever this is, a complacent and pandering pat on the shoulder? Like, let's applause Jessica Gunning for scolding that boy's conservative, homophobic parents. Sure, why not. Can't argue with the moral high ground, so might as well be self-serving assholes about it. Feels good, man.