11-year-old Billy Elliot lives in a British coal mining town with his macho father and brother. When he swaps boxing gloves for ballet shoes he struggles to find acceptance among his family for his newfound love of dance.
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A compently assembled film, which whilst holding no surprises - technical or thematic - manages to balance the working class stereotypes and sentimentality, unlike the polemical stage version which followed.
even though this movie isn't top notch for me any more. i'm glad i watched it as young as i did, for some of the challenging subject matter really impacted the way i thought about people. crossdressing. gender roles. etc.
so thanks, for that billy elliot. you helped me become a well-rounded douche bag
While I want the father to come around, I find his unassisted emotional growth awfully improbable; real life oppression solves itself only once in a blue moon. Frankly, I doubt many filmmakers could meaningfully portray such a scenario; especially in an underdog tale, isn't it a more hopeful fantasy to beat oppression through personal strength and solidarity? I find myself asking this after many queer films.
A real rites-of-passage film for me. Saw this in the cinema several times in my teens. Jamie Bell's debut remains as startling as it was on its release. The Geordie milieu, the miners' protests and the sparring between Bell and Walters are authentic and convincing. Daldry's theatrical grandstanding has its mawkish moments, but the lo-fi choreography and social realism keep this well above the mediocre.
Finally got around to seeing this film. Honestly, I'm kind of disappointed. A surface level nose dive. Plot is interesting but characters are not likeable - all lacking true purpose. Right away he picks up dancing? okay..I don't get that at all. It seems as if they cut many parts out. Missed understanding the drive in all the characters. Would've made a better television series for the sake of development. T-Rex tho
Warmed my heart. Now I know why J. talked so much about this film and why she made me want to watch it since 2008. There's a beauty in acceptance, in gender neutrality, in a life without the pressures of having to behave a certain way to belong. I hope we all find it, I hope we all live it, I hope we all spread it.