DIRECTOR: Andrew Haigh | WRITER: Andrew Haigh | CAST: Tom Cullen, Chris New | UK
[Not a review, really, but a stream-of-consciousness statement of sorts of where I’m coming from.]
I finally got around to seeing Weekend, the gay one not the Godard one, and was pleasantly surprised. It’s a really good movie that rings true even though the premise is a bit contrived. (I wonder if the screenplay started out as a two-person one act play, perhaps written for a university course in playwriting.) Very nice performances by the two leads. I didn’t have problems with the accents, although maybe all the warnings made me extra attentive, but the sound recording did leave a lot to be desired. For a “gay movie” it gets a 9. For a “movie movie”? A really strong 7/10.
OK, that was badly phrased on my part, but I don’t think I’m being condescending. My reactions to love films is complicated and wildly subjective, but let me just say that if Weekend had been about a young man and woman in situations analogous to those in this film and it had been done this well, I can’t imagine going higher than a 6. I really can’t. My emotional response to Weekend, tonight, sitting alone in a hellhole town in the middle of nowhere during a thunderstorm and all of that, was very strong. It was a 9, easy, but that really isn’t an honest rating for it. I think it’s a really, really good movie. I don’t think it’s a great movie because it doesn’t attempt to do great things nor does it do good things in a great way. It does good things in a very, very good way: a 7.