Classic safe ground techniques for industrial cinema sanitising something 'difficult' by framing matters in a dramatically acceptable court case amid the melting reserve of a masculine lead (just to hold the hand even tighter). It's respectably muted, but it's not the broken ground it's claimed to be (firmly in the Disease of the Week mode) but for Hollywood
I suppose a door ajar is better than expecting a barn door.
There was something so important about this movie, back in 1993. A well-known actor in a story about homophobia. The theater, when I went and saw it, in 1993, was full. And throughout the movie, the audience, speacially male teenagers, made homophobic remarks out loud. Now in my country, Portugal, everyone can marry, regardless of sexual orientation. We've come a long way.
Made as a sort of apology to the LGBT community after transsexual serial killer in THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, Jonathan Demme's PHILIDELPHIA is a kind of stylistic extension of that film, but a complete tonal 180. Demme uses close-ups in a similar way, but instead of just making us uncomfortable, he confronts us, the audience, as the jury in a trial of a AIDS stricken gay man unfairly fired from his job.
Sometimes it got eerie , sometimes it goes touchy. Esp Tom Hanks's and the consistent of Denzel charisma , it makes a calm but not-so-deeply chemistry but overall this courtroom drama becomes so incredible by Tom or the score itself.
i think this film is ok, not as great as people made it out to be. hanks was definitely the weakest performance of the 5 that were nominated. day-lewis, hopkins, and neeson were much better. i haven't seen fishburne as ike turner but from small excerpts i saw, he looks better
A much messier and more interesting film than the Oscar prestige suggests. The scenes Demme skips and the ones he extends seperate it from the simple Awards-bait that it could have been. Yes, you'll cry, but the technical construction and humanised characters on both sides make it a more complex experience than most mere tearjerkers.