This film totally blew me away. This is one of the single most powerful films that have ever been made. There are a lot of powerful films that I love but there aren't that many which I could probably watch over and over again. I am glad to say that this is one of them that I could. I knew I needed to have a clear mind of what to expect with this film but it was too horrific to not like. This was a massive anticipation for me because of the dialogue and also because it was a true story and I love bio-pics. I think it has to be one of the hardest films that I have evern watched. I was left speechless at the end of this film which is something that doesn't happen very often to me. It is a film that starts like it is going to have a very dangerous and hard-hitting conclusion especially Brandon's real identity. It is a film that is a rather disturbing experience that is quite good. It is a beautiful film at the same time because it shows love despite of how different a person is. It was made at a great year don't get me wrong but I think they might have filmed it a little too soon after the real-life event occurred. The film was made in 1999 but the the real-life events happened in 1993. It is like World Trade Center and United 93 because a true story is filmed too soon after the real-life event occurred. Boys Don't Cry is another masterpiece that has been made in the best year in cinema of all time: 1999. I think 1999 will always be my favourite year in cinema.
Hilary Swank delivers an absolutely perfect performance as Brandon Teena/Teena Brandon. I think it will always be Swank's best performance. She said herself that playing Brandon was the biggest challenge she's ever had and probably always will have. She earned a lot of great glory after her performance including an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Despite her Oscar and Golden Globe she did surprise me because there has never been an actress playing a real-life person of the opposite sex in a true story. Chloë Sevigny's performance as Lana was such a powerful performance just like Swank's. There was a lot of commitment Sevigny had to deal with in this one because of the lesbian sex scenes with Hilary Swank and especially having to pretend Hilary Swank and Brandon Teena is a boy but is really a girl biologically. It's weird because to Lana, it is heterosexual love and romance she has with Brandon but to Brandon and to the viewers of the film it is lesbian love.
This has an extremely underrated director. The director's debut was an absolutely mindblowing one. Also, it's underrated because the director is a woman: Kimberley Peirce. She also wrote the script for this masterpiece. I think it's weird because there aren't that many female directors who make such masterpieces of filmmaking. Kimberley Peirce for Boys Don't Cry and Sofia Coppola for Lost In Translation are the only two masterpieces that were made by women. I was blown away by how sexually graphic it was. There was a lot of crude nudity and sexual violence involved too especially with the rape scene.
Boys Don't Cry is one of the best films of 1999. It is Hilary Swank's best performance and probably always will be. Boys Don't Cry is one of the most powerful, gut-retching and mindblowing films that have ever been made. It is a favourite of mine and my review says it all.