It gets too touchy sometimes, especially at the end. The often used close-ups were the same is it was in Classical Hollywood era, which seemed a bit in the wrong place, and the operator could have chosen to shoot them differently. But I have to admit that the story moved me, and I think it was important film for LGBT community considering that people still looked at homosexuals as AIDS carriers.
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.
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.
probably the most homophobe-accessible 'positive' gay movie i've seen with all the unapologetic slurs and jokes. denzel washington kissed his wife on the lips in like every scene they had together, all antonio banderas got to do was a forehead kiss in the hospital.. egh
This film is extremely important - as many others that talk about this subjet - even nowadays, where aids doesn't debilitate one so quickly, but it does anyway. People just have the chance to live longer, if they get the right treatment, but we're far from a definitive cure for it, and what a shame! I know people who have been infected and live in excruciating pain even with medicine... it's a haunting nightmare.