Bad Boys for Life
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I wasn't aware of the original incident the film was based on but I enjoyed it. There was a strong cast making it pretty convincing and there was a good narrative throughout with plenty of dialogue. With Clint Eastwood directing, it was a very straight traditional film, and being set in the past added to the interest. Not sure the side story about a journalist added a lot. Enjoyed hearing Kenny Rogers sing too. It seemed to end pretty abruptly without a lot of explanation, but definitely worth seeing if you're looking for a good story well acted, rather than action or laughs.
We both hated this film. Unwisely we hadn't researched it but knew it was put forward for a Bafta award and was about Queen Anne,so took a chance on it. No character was likeable. It included several graphic lesbian scenes, a lot of vomiting and dwelling on the queen's ailments, and several other scenes of depravity. It certainly portrayed Queen Anne as grotesque. Sordid, soulless and the most unpleasant film we've seen in a long time.
Like so many British films it tries to be humorous and only occasionally succeeds, while not being realistic enough to be taken seriously. The story line was light with little glamour or romance, and not much of a Glaswegian feel to the film. Perhaps it was that the accents weren't strong enough and even the baddies didn't swear much. At least there was plenty of dialogue, and no long action sequences, so the film retained my interest. The 80's cars, hairstyles and actors no longer seen were the most interesting things.
An entertaining evening's viewing - light-hearted and undemanding. A romantic film with plenty of dialogue and just enough action. The first scene was confusing, and I felt I should have liked to have seen it again later in the film. As a 1983 film, I'm not sure being in black and white added anything, but presumably it was harping back to earlier American films. As four adults with a wide age range and both genders, we all enjoyed the film. There were several parts that made me laugh
Being based on true life, not a lot happened in most of the film. It was watchable except for a long gory bit on the train where I had to look away. One exciting incident didn't seem enough to base a whole film on. I couldn't always make out what the actors were saying, maybe as they weren't all trained actors.