Thursday, December 8, 2016

My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

Director: Stephen Frears

Stars: Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, Daniel Day-Lewis, Gordon Warnecke

Nasser and his immediate family live more than a comfortable lifestyle, and he flaunts his riches whenever he can. Meanwhile, his brother, alcoholic Ali, once a famous journalist in Pakistan, lives in a seedy flat with his son, Omar. Ali's life in London is not as lucrative in part because of his left leaning politics, which does not mesh with the ideals of Thatcherism. To help his brother, Nasser gives Omar a job doing menial labor. But Omar, with bigger plans, talks Nasser into letting him manage Nasser's run down laundrette. Omar seizes what he sees as an opportunity to make the laundrette a success, and employs an old friend, Johnny, to help. Omar and Johnny take their friendship to the next level.

What a wonderful movie. The storyline ends up being very complex in some ways and simple in other ways. This is a beautiful love story first and foremost. You also have Omar's Uncles that are very crooked in their own business with added drama. Omar is still way in the closet and seeing his old friend Johnny. Clouding all of it, you have the underlining of the racial tension between the white English and the people from the Middle East. That is something really real, but it is lightly dealt with in the movie. There is a lot going on in this movie. The movie and the story still works with all of these storylines.

I really did like the cast for this movie. It was filled with many unknowns at the time. Daniel Day-Lewis was not a well known actor at the time. That being said, this was a good cast. It was really the story that pushed this movie forward. The actors performances were fine. They were not the best, but they all did a good job in their roles. The best scene for me was when Daniel Day-Lewis licked the side of Gordon Warnecke's neck. It was a great way to show more intendment affection in front of other people. You cannot forget that both of the characters are still in the closet about their sexuality.

I think that this is a great movie. It has it all that you need to be entertained for an evening. If you have never seen this movie, then you need to give it a chance. It is well worth watching. You may even like it enough to own a copy for your collection. There is a Criterion Collection on Blue-ray available. Enjoy.

My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) Trailer

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