Trying to include all the films I've seen in which LGBT themes are primary or of major importance to the…
Based on Evelyn Waugh's 1945 classic British novel, Brideshead Revisited is a poignant story of forbidden love and the loss of innocence set in England prior to the Second World War.
Brideshead Revisited surprised me. As a fan of the 1980s mini-series starring Jeremy Irons, I expected to be let down by this 2008 film. I doubted that any writer and director could successfully condense such a rich, involved story, which took 11 hours to tell in the mini-series, to 2 hours. But it turns out, it is possible to do if you leave out many story details. Normally, doing such a thing would leave you with a weak, incomplete story, but in the case of Brideshead Revisited, I do not believe the story editing harmed the film. I think omitting some of the details made the story more succinct and palatable for today's attention-challenged audiences. For the most part, it…
This rewatch was purely because I wanted more Matthew Goode after watching his brilliant performance in Stoker and it was this or a RomCom.
I stand by my initial rating. This looks good, has good performances, but really I find the story dull and the characters unsympathetic.
Also was struck by the sudden realisation that Perks of Being a Wallflower is an update of this (not sure if it is officially as I haven't seen the comparison anywhere yet, but come on - how blatant are the parallels?)
Absolutely love the score of this film and Matthew Goode is pretty cute to boot.
Let's throw out plot and coherency because we have no time for proper character development or adherence to source text.
Needs more Emma Thompson. Great acting, but disconnected and needs to be fleshed out more.
Better than I expected it to be, but not fantastic.
The best things about it were the beautiful scenery and very beautiful actors!
I didn't finished this movie for how annoying are the characters, a great concept in a beautiful world for people who don't deserve it
Harmless adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel about the privileged classes. Nothing much really happens in this film and the tone remains the same throughout. The cinematography is beautiful and the cast are great, but they are better than the material they've been given to work with.
BRIDESHEAD REVISITED has been made into at least two movies and done for television in Britain. It tells the story of Charles Ryder (Matthew Goode) -- a captain in the military -- who winds up stationed at Brideshead Castle during World War II and writes about the aristocrats who run the castle as well as spending some time talking of Brideshead's matriarch (Emma Thompson); but he primarily focuses of the Flyte family, especially the grown0up children of that family -- Sebastian and Julia. Sebastian (Ben Whishaw) is a wild man who takes Ryder on numerous adventures despite being incredibly ill as the film progresses. And there's something in there, if I remember correctly, about Ryder loving Julia. But he's not aristocratic and I don't remember him being Catholic which causes problems for his strong relationship with the gay Sebastian and the conservative Julia.
Assuming this is a faithful adaptation of the novel (which I have not read), Evelyn Waugh is short on plot but she makes up for it with a variety of quirky characters. This is a story of romance between classes, the powerful pull of religious beliefs, and the way relationships develop, dissipate and renew, often beyond everyone’s control. The estate called Brideshead is an imposing place with a character of its own. Emma Thompson lent the film some experienced acting that would have been missing otherwise.
Having just read the book a day before this viewing, Sebastian Flyte and Charles Ryder seem two of the least sympathetic characters in literature, and certainly no models of great romance. However, Goode and especially Whishaw somehow warmed these cadaverous bastards to something resembling human, without masking their core awfulness (that important truth at the center of the book and film).
Religion fucks people up.
- A Single Man
- All About My Mother
- Angels in America
- Beautiful Thing
- The Adventures of Felix
- All Over the Guy
- American Psycho
- Amnesia: The James Brighton Enigma
- And Thou Shalt Love
These favorites are films with GLBT content that I'd recommend. A few may not have overt queer themes, but I…
- Strangers on a Train
- My Hustler
A list of films featuring gay characters, subject matter, content or generally of interest to the gay/queer/lgbt community. An entry…