44 Inch Chest

44 inch chestTook a detour from my usual movie watching taste to check out the violent, gangster film, 44 Inch Chest. Wondering why I would spend time with this film? Because I heard Ian McShane plays a remarkable gay gangster against any gay male stereotypes. And he did. Beautifully. I laughed several times at his interaction with his crude and vicious colleagues, in particular John Hurt’s character. And the opening scene shows McShane’s character at home with a beautiful young man completely naked draped on his black leather sofa. No fanfare, no big deal. Bravo to the filmmakers for the ordinaryness of the gay character. I still couldn’t get through the entire film, but that’s just me not loving this genre. Otherwise it was a decent film. 3 out of 5 for the forward thinking 44 Inch Chest.


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