Friday, 9 December 2011
My trust in Cornerhouse films has grown over the past year. Okay, I admit it, I have always liked the films at the Cornerhouse. There, said. The amount of time and money I have spent accompanying friends to see the latest film out at the Odeon or AMC is unbelievably disappointing. At the Cornerhouse, I skip merrily through their automatic doors and hand over my debit card wondering what quirky film awaits me.
The Weekend, a British film directed by Andrew Haigh, was last month's Cornerhouse treat. A friend invited me and I had to say yes when she included the word 'gay' in its description. It's always interesting to see how my tribe will be portrayed in films, especially ones where this theme is the sole concentration. It had already been showing on the screens for a fortnight by the time we went to see it, so the room wasn't bursting with curious eyes as I had expected. Instead, several gay couples occupied the rows sporadically, each glaring to the aisle when a new member entered (there's always an interest as to whether we see an ex, a hottie or someone we look at and say 'ah, a fellow gay').
First impression; loved it. Tom Cullen grew on me within a few scenes and Chris New's fearless character was instantly likeable. The chemistry between them was HOT, with a few shots either making your eyes widen or your cheeks (the upper ones) blush.
The contrast of the two men is perfect. Each with their own struggle and each trying to put on a face of who they want to be. Two sides to every story. Important issues are raised in this film and some pretty funny lines are thrown in. One of my favourites was:
Russell: 'What goes ooooooooo?'
Russell: 'A cow with no lips'
This had me in a little girl giggling fit for a good 3 minutes.
I've known quite a few gay men who struggle with putting forward their sexuality in society. They don't want to be judged by it, but by who they are as a person. However, putting yourself forward as a homosexual who doesn't fit the generalised gay image is what can break the stereotype. If these people hide away... well, we're only left with the stereotypes.
Grown (gay) men have their complexes and this film draws them out beautifully. I left the cinema with tingles in my belly. The open ending leaves you to believe whatever you want. As I'm a romantic (some may say otherwise), I prefer to go down the 'happy ever after' option.
If you haven't seen it DO! I will certainly be watching it again. And probably again after that. Great stuff!