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
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.
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.
Of course it's not the best movie I have ever seen, but I think that it's so much better than many other commercial & coming-of-age films... Plus, I think that the actors were pretty good in their characters, the relationship between Billy and his dad (and the world) is very well portrayed.
"Don't know. Sorta feels good. Sorta stiff and that, but once I get going... then I like, forget everything. And... sorta disappear. Sorta disappear. Like I feel a change in my whole body. And I've got this fire in my body. I'm just there. Flyin' like a bird. Like electricity. Yeah, like electricity." <3