The Full Monty
- Rated - SIMMERING
This film is likeable, mildly funny, well acted, but nowhere near as
fabulous as it has been painted. It is a slight film, in many ways. It
does have a surprisingly important theme: the disempowerment of men by
unemployment, and the corresponding rise in the economic power of
women, leading to a new-found freedom and strength, which then
compounds the problem for men, who find themselves more and more
irrelevant to their women, and more and more impotent.
It is a one-joke movie, and the punchline is drawn out over the maximum
time possible. It isn't stretched too far, but it is stretched. And I
was disappointed in the way it dealt with the gay sub-theme. This
seemed like an after-thought to me. It was as if the film makers
thought: "Gee, we don't have enough here for a whole film, and a couple
of our characters don't have enough to do. We need a little sub-plot
here, with a bit of a surprise and a joke. I've got it. Let's make them
gay!" How can you do that, and then allow everyone to go "Oh, OK.
That's nice." It just didn't ring true for me in that traditional
working-class environment. But maybe I am wrong on that point - maybe
things in Yorkshire have changed more than I thought.
It's a light-hearted film, with some very good choreography, by the
way, but no world-beater.