Pride – ***

Posted: November 13, 2014 in 2014, Drama, Dramedy, LGBT themed, Political, Social Drama, UK, XXX

Based on a true story, Pride takes place in 1984 when mine workers all over the UK went on strike against Margaret Tatcher’s plans to close them down. A young group of gay activists in London decide to raise money for a random mining village in Wales. The village committee accepts the support and invites them over, but not everyone is as happy with the help from the perverts. It’s time for some solidarity between the miners and the gays, who seem to have nothing in common apart from being bullied by the police.

Only in the UK can dramatic comedies like these be made so efficiently. There’s the right amount of humor, the right amount of drama and an excellent soundtrack. The casting was done extremely well and the script – though predictable and short of surprises – entertains from start to finish. There’s more focus on the LGBT-issues (gay bashing, family acceptance, aids) than on the miner’s strike, which makes this really a LGBT movie. But one for the masses. And a promising career start for some talented actors like Ben Schnetzer, George MacKay and tv actresses Faye Marsay and Jessica Cunning.


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