Movie Review – Pride (2014)
In this film, based on a true story, a group of young gay and lesbian activists who are fighting for equality decide to head out for rural England and support striking miners by raising funds and letting people know about their cause. However, they encounter difficulty when some people in the mining town do not appreciate the support of people who are so different and so outside the mainstream.
This was a fantastic British film, equal parts lively comedy and emotional drama.
The film was a great way to learn more about early gay and lesbian rights in 1984 England, and also learn more about the time during Margaret Thatcher’s era when miners were on a bitter strike across the country for almost one year. The writers did a wonderful job weaving in the historical facts combined with more personal elements that may have been more loosely based on fact.
The film included real life stories of real life characters, and they were brought to the screen by an amazing collection of actors young and old. The ensemble cast was fantastic, and helped create an electric feel to the story that was educational, fun, and moving.
This was an emotionally powerful movie. There were sharp points when people said some pretty nasty things about lgbt people, and yet it’s all part of the historical reality when it comes to the evolution of lgbt rights. It is important we learn from stories such as these, and when we can see how lgbt rights fit into other groups and their rights as well.
Overall, this was a funny, thoughtful, and touching story, and can be enjoyed by a variety of audiences.
Overall: 4.5 stars out of 5 stars.