Some films know exactly what they are, what they want to say, how they want to say it and how they want you to feel about it, and with all the right intentions in place and all the proper artillery in hand, they do just that; they swoop in with an undeniable identity, speaking their words elegantly and directly, with the right touches of power and inflection and you feel it like a whisper to your heart, because that is exactly where they want you to feel it.
And yet, when all is said and done, you smile and shrug and walk away.
I don’t know what happened here, but despite everything in all the right places and all the right words and all the right moments, ‘Pride’, as a whole, felt nothing more than ‘nice’ to me, and while ‘nice’ is good, I think I wanted more.
I think my major problem with ‘Pride’ is that, when the whole thing is said and done, there is nothing truly memorable about it. It is all very well constructed, with a great ensemble who all work effortlessly with one another and all play off one another well, and the screenplay is cheeky and tender and politically astute and gives these actors and actresses dimensions to play, and the message is one that feels poignant to today’s social setting, and yet it all just kind of lays there. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a delightful romp in many parts, and the thing is that I can’t find anything technically amiss here, nothing is wrong or out of place or offensive and I’m not sure that I can really think of anything that I would have done differently, and yet there is still this overwhelming forgettable feeling about the whole exercise. It’s doesn’t linger, it doesn’t stay with you.
My kids, they love suckers. You know, those little dum-dum things they give you at the bank. Anyways, they’re always begging me to give them one whenever we leave the house to go anywhere. We have a small bowl of them by the front door. And so, whenever we leave, they grab one. They sit in the backseat and they suck on them for a few minutes, savor the flavor, then bite into it, chew it, swallow it and within a few minutes it’s as if they never had one. They’re already begging for another one. And I’ll tell them “you just had one” and nine times out of ten I hear “no we didn’t”; and they mean it.
That’s how I feel about ‘Pride’. This is a sweet, fun little film that was totally entertaining while I was watching it, and then it was over and in a few minutes I had forgotten that I had even watched it.
That doesn’t make it a bad movie at all, just not a great one; and this year has produced a sea of ‘great’ ones.
I give this a B-. Like I said, it wasn't bad, in fact it was good, it just didn't stay with me, at all.