When Pride serves a cause greater than itself

In an age when personal rights and freedom have had more leverage than ever before, comes a movie filled with hope, laughter and perseverance. Pride chronicles the true story of gays and lesbians who helped raise money for striking miners’ families. Captured during the summer of 1984, this movie beautifully captures the tenacity of the human spirit in the face of adversity. Director Matthew Warchus manages to capture the feelings of the times, including visual effects that fascinate the eye and add to the richness of the movie. His cast includes Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton. With its typically British humor, one can expect to laugh, cry and holler in triumph.

A movie that was showered with a standing ovation at its first opening certainly raises the bar for what viewers can expect. It’s interesting that Warchus chose a story revolving around otherwise controversial and conflicting issues. Depending on how one looks at it, it can either be a triumph for embracing differences that cross over many social and economic barriers or else it could be a subtle jab at political systems and laws that pit would-be enemies in the same corner, with the option of continuing to be at loggerheads or to work together.

This could be just the right kind of movie we need at this time in mankind’s history when we’re beset by pressing issues like human rights, voting and solidarity. This movie begins a revolution that could shake the world at it’s very core and lead to more open discussions about the very things that divide us: sexual orientation, social standing and politics. It also promises a happy ending in an otherwise negative situation. All that can be said for now is: Pride, we’re ready for you.

Sources: Roddick, Nick (2014-05-27) “Pride – Cannes Film Festival – film review.” London Evening Standard. Retrieved 2014-09-23.

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