I've finally gotten over Interstellar's soundtrack and decided to review this (more on that here), so let's go. Pride follows the true story of Joe (George MacKay), who's character is so important that he's standing at the very back of the poster and leaning out to the right so people can actually see him. During his first gay-rights parade, Joe meets a group of gays and lesbians who intend on setting up a fundraising organisation called "Gays and Lesbians Support the Miners," or GLSM for short. This small fundraising group leads them to a small Welsh village where the miners they're supporting are on strike, causing the police to unleash brutality towards them, much like they did with the gays.
Pride is a goddamn riot, there's no better way to put it. It's a film that will have you cheering for joy, laughing in hysterics and yelling for justice, all wile tears are slyly forming in your eyes, although after watching this movie you won't be embarrassed about a common thing like that. This movie will have that effect on people, I'm sure of it. Pride is proud of itself, which should be expected with a title like Pride. It sets out to do good and to show good and it's damn good. As a matter of fact, I would even go so far as to say it's one of the best films we've received this year. Yes, it's definitely up there as one of the greats.
This film could just as easily have been made as a drama, but what's the fun in that? I'm not saying it'd be as dramatic as last year's 12 Years a Slave or an exploitation film such as Wolf Creek (this film would most certainly not work as a horror either), but it wouldn't have been too hard to cut the comedy altogether. The problem is, that's what makes this film so enjoyable. It's got that much needed drama flare and it's got that much needed sentimentality, but what makes them more effective is how funny the film is too.
When watching this film you just can't help but laugh, cheer and get up and dance. It's a light-hearted and watchable movie with some very powerful messages. It's set in the 80s, but you can be damn sure that its themes are still relevant now. It shows us how there's nothing wrong with being gay or even being different. It's a film about equality and being able to love who you want to love, and it delivers these messages in style.
The screenplay is witty and the finale perfect. Let's look at the film Nebraska, which came out earlier this year for us Australian's. That film is genuinely funny, honest and, most importantly, doesn't always end up how it should. It doesn't take the path of perfection, but the character's arcs wrap up in the most perfect of ways. Pride is similar to Nebraska in a lot of ways, particularly in the path it takes. Things don't always go to plan, but the characters end up alright. I hope that's not a spoiler for anyone.
To sum up, Pride's story doesn't always go to plan, but it's character arcs wrap up in the most perfect of ways. It's honest, sentimental, hilarious and will make you want to leap up and boogie. It's definitely among the best we've got so far this year.
4 1/2 Stars