The LovelyWife is very keen, and I guess I should go considering I’m a ... you know ...
Plus Fred Nile says I shouldn't see it, so I pretty much have to.(Fred and I have a close personal bond - he thinks he can tell me what to do with my life and I think I should end his).
But I always have the same dilemma with mainstream portrayals of gay storylines. At first, everything always seems to be going along nicely and it feels good to see relevant storylines/characters and be able to identify with them blah blah, empowerment, blah blah, uplifting, blah blah.
But then, all of a sudden, everything will turn to sh*t and all the bad stuff in the movie/play/book/tv show will happen to the gay character(s).
All the lesbians either turn straight, get bashed, get evicted and addicted, get assaulted and knocked up, or turn into homicidal axe-wielding maniacs. All the gay men get HIV/bashed/fired/estranged/bad haircuts/dead.
This of course, conveniently reminds us all that being a gay is evil and will only lead to trouble in your life (you see, I'm such a duffer that sometimes I forget).
Gotta tell ya, this isn’t always enjoyable to watch. Not least because it can get a bit depressing, but also because these stereotypes always get me rather fired up. Punching the telly, whilst therapeutic, can be dangerous and expensive.
So do I see the movie?
I’ve deliberately not looked into the specifics of the storyline in case I do want to see it – I don’t want to spoil it. So I’m not really sure how it ends, but I’m guessing that a story involving a close personal relationship between two men in American Cowboy country in the 1960s might also involve themes of repression, self-hatred, homophobia, family break-up and denial.
Its just a hunch.
Tell ya what I will be seeing,
If its just 90 minutes of Uma doing silly dancing, well um, *dribble dribble*, hang on, *dribble dribble* let me just check the session times.
Sorry, gotta go.