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An average movie

I already saw this movie but since it was a while back, I was quite eager to check it out again. To be honest, I always had some mixed feelings about this flick. Indeed, on one hand, Jonathan Demme is a fine director and Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks provided also some solid performances. Especially for Tom Hanks, it really launched the 2nd phase of his career. Indeed, so far, Hanks was successful as a comic actor but, thanks to this movie, not only he managed to win his first Academy Award but he became overnight a really sought-after dramatic actor. Concerning the HIV issue, since it was a the first mainstream movie about the subject, it was indeed quite important. And, yet, the whole thing didn’t reallly convince me. The main issue was that this movie was just too late in my opinion. Indeed, in my opinion, they should have made it 10 years before, when the whole disease was completely misunderstood, then it would have been really ground-breaking. Basically, it just pushed a whole bunch of wide open doors, pretty much validating the prejudices of most of the viewers (’10 years ago, we wouldn’t touch or speak to an AIDS patient because they were all gays and junkies and we were just ignorant but, at this point, everybody pretty  much agreed that it was all so sad’) and it got on my nerves. Still, they did get something right and it was to show how common it was at the time to be homophobic and, thankfully, we made a lot of progress during the last 20 years. Anyway, to conclude, even though this movie didn't really blow me away, I have to admit that it was still  a decent drama though and it is definitely worth a look.

Added by johanlefourbe
3 years ago on 18 May 2015 08:31