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"What do you love about the law Andrew?",
This review is from: Philadelphia (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition) (DVD)If you are reading this review, you may have one of these 3 questions:
1) Are the extras on this DVD worthwhile? Yes, the documentaries not only remind us of the cultural mindsets that were dominant in the 1980s, but they also remind us of the sea change force this movie had on U.S. culture. The two main documentaries are exceptional and Springstein's video reminds us why we listen intently to whatever Springstein has to say.
2) Was Tom Hanks' performance worthy of the Oscar? Watch the movie and decide for yourself. Tom Hanks' understanding of pathos is lightning in a bottle. It is uniquely gifted. From the scenes talking to his mother on the phone, to defending his gay lover who's being threatened to be expelled from his hospital room, to his efforts to seek some basic human recognition (or call it justice) as his body is rapidly dying.
3) Is the movie worth watching again or for the first time? Yes, it is a well crafted movie. Jonathan Demme's direction is superb, coming off his Best Director Oscar for Silence of the Lambs, he chose this project and he is in full form. The movie moves quickly, with the pace of a thriller. The story had universal morals that, before this film's release, had not been so well presented to such a mass audience. Watching the acting performances gives a remarkable master class in understanding vocal demeanors, non-verbal cues, and concise word selection.
The title of this review is a question asked to Tom Hanks' character as he is on the witness stand, defending himself while he knows he likely only has a few days left to live. His response to the question is this:
"I . . . many things . . . uh, what I love most about the law? . . . Is that every now and again, not often . . . but occasionally you get to be a part of justice being done. That really is quite a thrill when that happens."
This movie was also a part of justice being done. It effectively helped change popular perceptions about AIDS & homosexuality. It did more good than 100 winning court cases. It disarmed so much stupid discrimination.
Before this movie, as is quoted in the film, the following was true: "Subsequent decisions have held that AIDS is protected as a handicap under the law, not only because of the physical limitations it imposes, but because the prejudice surrounding AIDS exacts a social death which precedes . . . which precedes the actual physical one."
After this movie, social perceptions about AIDS and the treatment of people with AIDS greatly improved, due in part to the artfulness and clarity of ideas beautifully expressed in this film.
What do I love about the arts? They have the ability to make practical, widespread cultural perceptual changes, changes that are more quickly and effectively enabled when the arts are allowed to be expressive and prominent.
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Initial post: Apr 21, 2007 9:34:19 PM PDT
i think i love you.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2007 5:30:18 PM PDT
One More Option says:
Thank you. Best wishes to you.
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