An amazing movie (starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington) about a lawyer with AIDS who sues his law firm for wrongful dismissal. He is represented by a homophobic lawyer.
I had heard of this film. While courtroom drama films usually aren’t my cup of tea, this was one of Tom Hanks’s early roles and he always ‘brings something’ to the roles he plays. So, I thought I would give it a go.
This movie was the first film to openly acknowledge homophobia, homosexuality and AIDS. Probably rather shocking for its time, it shows how people and society would react in an era where HIV / AIDS had become the forefront of people’s conciousness and yet people were still rather clueless and scared of the disease. Hanks is amazing in this movie (as he is with his many other roles) and his character has wonderful onscreen chemistry with his partner, Miguel (played by Antonio Banderas).
Every single actor in this film was superb. I was crying at the end of this film, and it certainly taught me more about how people reacted to AIDS. There is even a parallel between Andrew Beckett and a former colleague of his who developed AIDS as a result of a blood transfusion and yet still kept her job.
Of course, this film is a bit of a cliche but it still conceptualizes societal attitudes to AIDS at that time. A super film and well worth a watch.
MY RATING: **** / *****