Beautiful Thing ★★★★½

This very touching, heart-warming feel-good movie is greater than the sum of its parts. The love story between Jamie and Ste is delicately handled in an intelligent manner, and the gay aspect is treated as the integral part of the story that it is and never overshadows the universality of the movie’s message. The cast is absolutely brilliant, and there is an individuality to each of the characters that makes one really care about them, although in different ways. The movie is also funny and has a great soundtrack. The ending is perhaps unrealistic, but it still works well because it conveys that the story is ultimately only a fantasy and it is up to the viewer to connect the movie to the real world.

There are a number of memorable scenes in the movie, some of which are more or less perfect. Jamie and Ste in the park among the trees, Jamie’s coming out to his mother, when Jamie takes Ste’s hand in his in an act of affection and consolation after Ste fully realizes that their secret is not so secret anymore and things will never go back to the way they were before, and Leah’s hilarious Mama Cass imitation are scenes that stuck in my mind.

A rare thing happened when the movie was over: I could have watched it again immediately. "Beautiful Thing" is a movie that continues to inspire even if one knows all the scenes by heart.