Ralph Breaks the Internet
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
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Sometimes funny but more often sad, what emerges is the emptiness of these boys' lives.
If the film truly were a documentary, we would at least know we were getting a picture of real life, albeit a not very enlightening one. Instead, we're stuck with an undramatic drama.
The sex is tumescently explicit, the life dull and sad.
The trouble is, we'll never really know whether this is truly an authentic window into the rent boys' world, or rather, a window into how they want you to view it.
The overriding image we're left with is that of a rather shallow young man, operating in a depressingly dreary, soulless and risky environment about which we glean no real insights. And that probably wasn't what Haigh was trying to achieve.
It's basically a porn movie, though with slightly more developed characters than normal. It should do well on DVD in the video emporia of Old Compton Street, but don't expect it to light up the multiplexes in Romford.
There is a kind of upfront honesty about this film, but also a sinking feeling that there is no real point to it.
It's a black comedy, full of great lines and it deserves to be a mainstream hit. What a shame that it's often unnecessarily graphic.
Greek Pete proves what we had long suspected. Life imitates Mike Leigh films, at least in Britain. So do many aspiring filmmakers when trying to look with wit and forlorn truthfulness at the reality of Britain
The line where Haigh's docu-dram crosses from fact into fiction isn't clearly drawn and this is where it falls down as a representation of life as a rent boy.
Why not just make a fictional film? Conflating these seemingly mocked-up scenarios with non-actors and their genuine experiences (eg the shoots for porn magazines) just results in an unsatisfying mess.
Shot like a doc but clearly dramatised, this British film about a rentboy is colourfully entertaining, and it definitely has its moments. But it also becomes preachy as it goes on, and struggles to keep its central character engaging.
A well made, riveting (somewhat graphic) look at the life of a British "rent boy".
It is anything but glamorous, too spite the way Pete talks it up in a very light heated, matter of fact kind "business like" of way.
Pete's interactions with his "friends" are far more depressing then the bleak interactions with his "clients". Each friend provides an even more perverse take on the life of a "rent boy".
And poor Pete has been selling his affections for so long, that he can;t quite seem to grasp the idea of a REAL (non paying) relationship. Which (considering his collection of friends) is probably for the best.
Pete's one dream is to win the "International Escort Of The Year" award, to help promote his business. I mean what John wouldn't pay extra to sleep with someone who's sexual escapades are "Internationaly known"?
The climax is Pete achieving that goal and the bleak depressing reality of returning home to find no one seems to know or care about his new title.
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