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For gay or gay-friendly folks who want to see a good, simple, character-driven kind of filmmaking, with no special effects or explosions or heavy prosthetic makeup to compensate for the lack of script, "My Beautiful Laundrette" is true art not to be missed.
Johnny bears a strong resemblance to various young EAST ENDERS, to Sid Vicious as portrayed by Gary Oldman in the film SID AND NANCY (physical build and demeanor, Johnny isn't as violent), and some of the youths in various Mike Leigh films. If you see this film along with other DDL films such as MY LEFT FOOT, LAST OF THE MOHICANS, THE BOXER, THE AGE OF INNOCENCE, THE CRUCIBLE, and THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING, you will realize why Daniel Day Lewis is the greatest living actor in the Enlish-speaking world. When LAUNDERETTE becomes available I plan to add it to my nearly complete collection of DDL films. DDL was very young when he made this film--near the time he made THE BOUNTY in which he plays Mr. Frye, and ROOM WITH A VIEW in which he plays Cecil. He's just incredible.
At the beginning of the tale, Johnny like many of his English friends is semi-hostile toward the Pakistani settlers in London. He feels they are somehow implicated in his predicament which is to be an unemployed school dropout with no future in Margaret Thatcher's England. Johnny offends the Asians with anti-immigrant behaviour--marching in a "parade" through the Asian sector of town to protest the presence of the Pakistanis in England.Read more ›
My two other favorite characters were Omar's father and Tanya. This Pakistani family reminded me of my family. I am not Pakistani but the issues are the same. The dad was very poignant in the way he wanted better for his son, how he couldn't let go of his upper class background and how he looked down on the Johnny's sort but was kind and wanted better for him too. He reminded me of my grandparents. And then there was Tanya. I loved how she sort of bonded with Johnny in their way. What a great performance she gave. This film has so many threads and nuances and Omar's character balances it all with so much grace, respecting his culture and keeping close to his family but being true to himself at the same time by staying involved with Johnny.
I *love* Daniel Day Lewis!
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"EastEnders" is a BBC soap opera, which has featured some fantastic, indelible moments. Yet, a majority of the series has been 'filler' mediocre episodes that are strung... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Clayton
Let's take a look at the cultural mores of the 1980's in South London as a young Pakistani man and a young London man fall in love. First lets look at the very understated story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Russell S
This is a fantastic movie from the 1980's. The first time I saw Daniel Day Lewis.Published 4 months ago by JT
There's an ugly "anti-English" white man streak in the film that paints foreign Hindus living in London as being "industrious, productive and discriminated... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bartok Kinski
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