Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #44 Boys Don’t Cry

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2010 at 8:04 AM

Movie #44 Boys Don’t Cry

(1999, US, d. Kimberly Peirce)

Don’t take me wrong: While I would never compare the killings of 6 million Jews or the deaths of thousands of American soldiers of WWII, the thematic content of this film affected me more than Schindler’s List or Saving Private Ryan. What Peirce did her was an example of filmmaking at its prime. It’s very easy to construct this film and force the audience’s pity on a sexually confused “boy”, but what Peirce does feels more personal. It does not preach nor dictate what is right and wrong. Rather it’s starkest tactic is its decision to stay in the gray. This is a boy we are watching, not a girl. But it is a girl. Right? Visually, the film stood out as well. It had an organic and pulsing look to the film. But by far the most standout aspect of the film was the performance of Hilary Swank, who kills it in every scene. Boys do not cry.

P.S. I’m now 5 days behind this Movie a Day Challenge. It’s a lot harder than I thought to watch two movies a day. Here’s to making it to the Holidays.

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