Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Looking: The Movie (2016)

Director: Andrew Haigh

Stars: Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez, Murray Bartlett, Lauren Weedman, Russell Tovey, Daniel Franzese, Tyne Daly

After living in Denver for nearly a year, Patrick Murray returns to San Francisco to celebrate the wedding of old friends. This was the conclusion the HBO cable television show.

Ignore all of the reviews for this movie and the television show. Both received mostly bad reviews, since it was not like Queer as Folk(QAF). Gay men could not understand that it was a different show, and not a continuation of QAF. They are two different shows. You would think that would be easy to do. QAF killed any chance for another drama about gay men to last. The show would have to be actually the same content or almost porn. That is what so many gay men want to see. It is sad.

This movie and television show was about real gay men, not that fantasy TV fake crap. That is what killed the show. It was not filled with men having tons of one nights, drug filled parties and clubs and drama. This was about characters dealing with real problems and situations that normal people have to deal with, for the most part. People portrayed having issues that the audience could identify with. That should bring an audience in, but it just didn't. Gay men just did not like any of it at all.

The characters are ones that I want to be friends with. They seemed like really neat and interesting guys to hang out with and go to bars and have a drink. I once knew guys like this in the Bay area. People were so different out there than anywhere else in the country. The writing and creation of these character was amazing. They worked so well together. You really did believe that they were really friends.

The main cast was made up of real out and proud gay men. That is the craziest part about all of it. We are so use to seeing straight actors playing gay men. There are so many gay actors out there that need work. This show filled it with them. That made the more intimate scenes more believable. Only a gay man can really pull of a gay sex scene in a movie. I know there have been some good ones, but they are better when it is two gay men. Just saying.

This is a movie and series that I think should be added to a collection. I know that I will be adding it to mine. If you have never seen any this, then I think you should give it a shot. It is well worth watching, but you need to start with the show. It was only two seasons. Enjoy. 

Looking: The Movie (2016) Trailer


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