The story revolves around lawyer Andrew Beckett who is fired (he is told) for incompetence. He thinks the real reasons he is fired is because he is gay, but more importantly, because he is dying of AIDS. He feels an injustice has been done, so he teams up with an ACLU lawyer to take his former employers to court.
Tom Hanks won his first of two consecutive Oscars with this role as Andy Beckett, and yeah, he is wonderful. He gives a moving and sensitive performance- really highlighting what it is like to experience the stigmas surrounding the AIDS virus, especially at that time. As his lawyer, Denzel Washington is also top notch. I like how Washington's Joe Miller openly admits his dislike of homosexuals, but comes around when he realizes that Beckett really was unjustly let go.
The film's primarily a courtroom drama, but it's not nearly as gripping as something like A Few Good Men. I appreciate the way the film handles the subject matter, but I can't help but feel it gets a bit too heavy handed, preachy, and pretentious at times, though thankfully it's largely nuanced for a lot of it.
If going solely by the acting, this would get at least 4.5 stars, but as an overall experience I think 4 is pretty fair. It is an important work, but I think it's a bit rough around the edges, being groundbreaking and whatnot. All in all though, I do recommend it, because it is very affecting and touching.
its a story that you can relate feel compension and emphasize with the storyline is very good !
the acting was amazing with tom hanks giving his superb acting once again with denzel also pulling in an amazing performance!
i couldnt feel but let down and disappointed by this movie i had high expectations but the movie didnt deliver especially towards the end i think the movie could have been a bit more emotional and pull at my heartstrings a bit more but nevertheless a decent compelling movie that is worth the watch!
This movie was, to me, truly moving and heartbreaking. Jonathan Demme did a great job as director, but the script - and Tom Hanks - is what supported the whole movie. Plus, the soundtrack was terrific.
A movie I'll remember for th rest of my days.
I watched "Philadelphia" to see an interesting legal story about a man suing his employer for wrongful termination, and instead I get a propaganda film disguised as a big-box drama. If you're going to the movies to watch the filmmaker make a point, "Philadelphia" should serve you well. If, like myself, you're there to see good, quality storytelling, this film may not be for you.
But let's be honest, while the intentions were good...the film is a bit formulaic and the relationship between the to men involved seemed very clinical.