I know, right The kids usually like but don't love our choices for Family Movie Night, e. The colour also compliments the film and the period, with nothing too bright and the interiors of the houses typical to the 1980's with patterned wallpaper and frosted glass. Jamie Bell gives a tremendous performance as Billy, an angry youngster who doesn't understand why he should be ashamed of something he loves, particularly since that something gives him a means of expression for his juvenile frustration and anger. Wilkinson - Walters in her best role for years. Billy is relatively young, making him subject to the pressures of his father and older brother.
The characters are essentially good and noble, and it is their social environment the traditions of free market Christianity that corrupts them. Bill's says he's not a puff but will keep his secret. I personally thought that the film was great in several ways, scripts, film techniques. Despite frequent profanity, boys 11 and up should be allowed to see Billy Elliot, if only to keep them from abandoning hope. For honesty and presence, Jamie Bell as Billy far surpasses Haley Joel Osment's debut in The Sixth Sense.
The time and place of the story, with police riot squads being a fixture on the streets, underscores the difficulty in being drawn to ballet, an activity not considered fitting among his family and peers. The intensity of the acting as well as that of the pictures, the discrepancy between the lost coal miners hopes and the subtle positivism ingrained in the stubborn boy, the subtle humor, all lack of arrogance. Very few movies actually make me think- this is a testament to that, showing that this movie has motivated me to write a comment on this website, so the whole world can see views. Lots of foul language in this film. With wonderful scenes that play themselves out with harsh reality, I never tire of seeing the hurt in his eyes when he sees that his little boy isn't going to be a boxer or a football player, but a dancer, then seeing him again with the love and appreciation for his dancing son.
To say that Billy Elliot is the best movie of 2000 is to damn it with faint praise, since this year's crop is pretty uninspiring. What made him change his mind? One day, at the other end of the village hall, he sees ballet lessons being taught by a chain-smoking disciplinarian , and his eyes grow large. And it achieves all of this without insulting the intelligence. Why was the strike so important to Billy's dad and brother? One day he steps up to the barre with the girls in tutus -- still wearing his boxing gloves and sweaty tank top -- and begins to plié. Synopsis: The life of 11-year-old Billy Elliot, a coal miner's son in Northern England, is forever changed one day when he stumbles upon a ballet class during his weekly boxing lesson. He has an outstanding screen presence and carries the movie on his little shoulders with breath-taking naturalism. Billy Elliott is a moving, uplifting, and often exuberant, drama about motherless young Billie Jamie Bell fulfilling his dream of becoming a ballet dancer, in the process overcoming the objections and prejudices of his father and brother Gary Lewis and Jamie Draven.
The movie is remarkably true in its depiction of a kid who just has to jump and move, and who tries to pick out melodies at the piano. Youthful optimism and social reality are at odds as seen through the young Billy a very talented Jamie Bell and the film doesn't let either one completely win out, an admirable and unexpected quality for a story about a child. In a stroke of inspired creativity, Billy dances when he feels it, when he needs to express emotions of anger or excitement or when he was something to prove. Not only does Michael turn out to be a latent homosexual, he also shows up one day wearing a dress when Billy comes to visit Michael at his house. The boy who played Billy should get an award hands down for this movie. Billy's cross-dressing friend is there to remind us that one thing is not connected to the other, but the film doesn't waste time overdramatizing this small conflict in a greater story.
Billy is loved — if gruffly and sometimes cluelessly Dad scrapes together the money for weekly boxing lessons even though Billy has no pugilistic talent whatsoever — but adrift; his hometown offers few options beyond mining, and even that's looking dodgy. He makes you forget that all the other actors give the performances of their careers in support. The key to Billy Elliot's success is its deceptive simplicity; in telling this story of a boy who wants to swap his boxing gloves for ballet tights, Daldry has eschewed the regular dance movie clichés - debilitating illness, disability etc. Billy rejects the inappropriate advances of a young girl, perhaps because he is shy. It is an inspring movie about a boy that is willing to do whatever it takes to follow his dream.
There is a comical aspect to this film, for example, when Billy is attempting a 'pirouette' in the bathroom to make sure his father doesn't find out about the ballet lessons but fails miserably falling in the bath and soaking himself. Set against the grim backdrop of the English Coal Miners strikes the film tackles an array of subjects, class struggles, fear of homosexuality, youthful adventure in discovering potential adulthood, and the universal joy that music and dance can bring to us all, even in the most trying of circumstances. The father and brother come off as these one-sided brutal characters in the beginning and then as you watch, they become two of the most well constructed and acted characters this year and for who knows how long. I have been looking for Billy Elliot for more than two years. It was not an essential element in the story line even though Billy was accused of being gay because he liked to dance. With a tart tongue and a never-ending stream of cigarettes in her hand, Mrs. It's the rare coming-of-age story that doesn't focus on sex.
This is also recognised by the chain-smoking Mrs. The story begins in the early autumn and stretches throughout the winter and early spring. Wilkinson and his friend Michael, who is the same age as Billy and who found that he is possibly a gay. Wilkinson's zest for teaching is revived when she sees Billy's potential. This is my pick for the best drama of 2000.
Billy must fight for his choice, fight against his own family. It does start off slowly, but the film does have a lot of heart. If Biritish movie were more like this I would go more to see them when they first come out. Billy's friend Debbie is walking along a fence, clicking a stick against the boards. I could go on for another hundred words. But the characters and their drives and dreams are utterly unique in this non-pandering feel-good film that features such strong performances and original circumstances that even the most stalwart cynic will likely succumb to its charismatic charm.