I just finished watching this movie for the second time and it’s one of those movies where my opinion on it actually changed after seeing it again. My initial reaction was that I didn’t like it – but I think that’s because I was expecting a happy ending and that’s certainly not what you’re given (or maybe you are, now that I think about it… who knows). Since that first watch, my views have changed.
If I had to describe the moving in one word, I would probably use honest. Very honest. Overly honest. The characters could be real people walking around anywhere and the plot was so realistic. It follows the encounter of Russell after he picks up what he expects to be a one night stand, Glen. What he doesn’t anticipate is to have a connection with Glen and it follows the course of the weekend they spend together.
(It didn’t occur to me until now how many similarities there are between the encounter of these two guys and my encounter with RJ. *gets goosebumps*)
I really do love the message though; the idea that anyone can waltz into your life and change it no matter what your intentions and how you cope with it. You see the difference in views from the conversations between Russell and Glen and you’re constantly wondering, who’s right? The person who’s cautious and safe or the one who brazen and detached. The person who’s quiet or the one who’s honest. Holy shit… it is me and RJ.
I don’t really know why I didn’t like it the first time around. I remember my argument being that the ending was sad, but my favorite gay novel is Call Me By Your Name which has a similar ending. But, like Call Me By Your Name, not all stories have a happy ending. Maybe I’m too quick to call it a non-happy ending; it’s more of an honest, open-ended ending than anything.
Point is, I think you should try it out. It’s won a shit ton of awards and for good reason. You can check it out on Amazon here, to see more ratings.