Stonewall (2015)

stonewall 2015Roland Emmerich’s controversial Hollywood film Stonewall based on the riots that launched the modern-day LGBT civil rights movement ends up feeling less controversial by simply being a poorly crafted film. Yes, the star of the film is a blond, corn-fed young white boy from Indiana. But there’s also a lot of drag queens, one or two dykes – yes another film with a ton of men and virtually no women, and a lot of people of color in the cast. Yes, I get that Emmerich told the story through the eyes of a white boy. That’s a whole other issue to address. From my vantage point watching the film tonight, Stonewall simply isn’t a good film. End of story. Sometimes it reads like a filmed play, often it reads like a simplistic YA adaptation knocking us over the head with Gay Rights 101. In the end, I contemplated turning if off about 3/4 of the way through, but made it to the end. My favorite bad line that’s too good not to repeat over and over – “I’m too mad to be in love.” 2 out of 5. Next.

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