A Private War
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Top guns in love struggle against institutional homophobia in a tone deaf melodrama well past its sell-by date.
This shockingly amateurish film evokes memories of "Making Love," the Arthur Hiller film about a married man coming to terms with his homosexuality.
The script, by Mr. Greer and Helene Kvale, rolls along with lifeless, profoundly unimaginative dialogue ...
Earnest but terribly ham-fisted ...
What can any actor do with dialogue like, "We are warriors paid to defend this country, not spill our guts and frolic in the daisies."
Honorable in intent but risible in execution ...
The 2013 indie film attempts to accurately document the cruel code of conduct regarding homosexual men in the military, but ends up conveying only a caricatural depiction of this far-reaching social issue.
Describing Burning Blue as a gay variation on Top Gun with heart and soul ( and one with more than a dash of Brokeback Mountain thrown in for good measure ) just about sums up its appeal perfectly.
Viewing now in the clear light of a post-DADT world and the grand-standing dialogue of [Director] Greer and co-writer Helene Kvale come off as weightless, drooping under the clichés and perceived inherent power of its story...
Emotionally gripping and features some stunning shots of Navy jets in action.
Burning Blue has lots of scenes where its male leads gaze longingly at each other, which is meant to be melancholy and erotic, but unfortunately skirts close to parody.
This stiff saga of gays in the military, with its manly men being manly together, evokes that tale of repression Brokeback Mountain, while somehow being much less homoerotic than Top Gun.
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