A Taste of Honey Reviews
Jo is on the edge of poverty and has a conflicting relationship with her single mother. She tries to connect, but her mother is too busy trying to get with a man named Peter at the fair, and since Peter finds Jo to be a nuisance he doesn't want her there which is a dilemma for Jo's mother. Really sad stuff, I know....
Jo doesn't find love in her family, but she finds love elsewhere when she becomes acquainted with a black sailor who is about her age and shows genuine interest in her. This is the only happiness Jo can find in her life, so she cherishes it until the sailor must leave. Eventually she confides in a new friend who happens to be gay and depends on him with her mother practically abandoning her. Eventually though, Jo finds herself in a position where she needs advice from an adult, and she doesn't know what to do since her relationship with her mother is so conflicted.
Some redeeming qualities are the acting in the film as well as the treatment of mise-en-scene, but overall the movie is simply a bore.
"A Taste of Honey" is a melancholy tale with a notably unresolved ending. The chemistry between Tushingham and Danquah is not what it should be, but Bryan and Melvin are wonderful. Of course, Tushingham's ugly-duckling pathos is still irresistible. The film's workmanlike direction and lack of cultural reference points means it has aged fairly well, though the frowns about homosexuality and interracial relationships do seem somewhat dated today. John Addison adds a light, orchestral score, but oddly does not incorporate the well-known melody recorded by acts like the Beatles and Herb Alpert.
The characters arn't particulary likable. but that doens't mean they're arn't interesting. Jo is a very nieve character and does some stupid things, but it's hard to feel sorry for her because she's so stubborn and vain; something she got from her mother.
Jim is very 2D is a character, although Jeff is a more rounded potrayal. It would have been very daring at the time for them to even hint at his sexuality, but in any case, what they did to him didn't make any sense after these subtle hints. - They ruined his character.
The bitch of the situation, Helen, is actually the more likable character! because at least we understnad where she's coming from.
The ending is very poetic and left open. It's depresisng for the audience but also thought-provoking, and the last image is very artistic. It is a very good film, but they ruined some of the characters by the end,