Jordan connects the political to the personal; creating a film about divides; about the struggle to co-exist. The relationships offer a commentary on the then-volatile link between Ireland & the UK, as well as the growing conflict within Ireland itself. There's something of Vertigo in this depiction of obsession; a character's inability to accept his sexuality finding a Freudian expression in the film's dramatic arc.
The relationship of Rea & Whitaker at the beginning of the film sets up an interesting plot that should have made for a complex study of Rea's obsession. Already the study of guilt & sexual desire would have made it interesting enough. But the twist adds nothing & even detracts from the interesting obsession. Disappointing yet predictable "past comes back to bite you" finale & strange subplots left unexplored (Dave).
Yeah.....I bet if I saw this years ago I would have really liked it, but seeing it for the first time now I can see how problematic this film is in framing the Transgender experience. Cinematically it has some bumps as well. I can say Forest Whitaker and Jaye Davidson give stellar performances though.
It's been a while since I've seen The Crying Game but I do remember falling for it; its twists that seem tame and obvious today and its tenderness that unfortunately is surrounded by violence and fear. Fergus, Dil and Jody define the 90's (in a good way) to me. The film may feel like a time capsule, kind of like American Beauty only better, but no one can deny Neil Jordan's entrance, the performances, and the story.
Decent 90s indie. The twist is ok but nothing to write home about. I did think Whittaker gave a nice early performance in his career, but ultimately the story didnt really hold my attention. Controversial in its day but seems rather tame now. Ill give it an extra half star for originality. 3.5 stars
I remember the TV ads being dropped on Thursday night prime time by Miramax. One of the first indie films that played at the popcorn picture palace and not the run-down art house. Still, the mainstream crowd weren't too impressed, but I loved it. Boy George song, Jordan's impressive directing, fantastic acting...
It didn't resonate for me. I thought the twist was stupid and I didn't understand why he continued the relationship after being tricked. I understand that people fall in love with the person, not the gender, but it seemed like he really just wanted the sex. It seemed like it was critically acclaimed more for what it said, than what the movie actually was.