Philadelphia

1993

Drama /

2
IMDb Rating 7.7

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Reviewed by Lee Eisenberg ([email protected]) 10/10

&quot;Philadelphia&quot; may be the movie that changed Hollywood. For so manyyears, they portrayed gays as sissies, but this movie forced them tochange. Tom Hanks gives the performance of a lifetime as AIDS-afflictedlawyer Andrew Beckett, fired from his law firm after they discover hiscondition. Equally good is Denzel Washington as homophobic lawyer JoeMiller, who is forced to ignore his own stereotypes in taking Andrew'scase. Good support also comes from Jason Robards as Andrew's viciousex-boss, Joanne Woodward as Andrew's ever-loving mother, and AntonioBanderas as Andrew's companion.<br><br>Maybe this is just me, but I think that &quot;Philadelphia&quot; was released atjust the right time. Think back to 1993. We had just come out of theReagan-Bush years and we now had Clinton. Maybe he wasn't openlypro-gay, but he did change the military's policy towards gays.Moreover, Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington are analogous to Paul Newmanand Sidney Poitier: the embodiment of the new era under a new president(in Newman's and Poitier's case, it was Kennedy; in fact, those twoco-starred in &quot;Paris Blues&quot; the year that Kennedy became president,much like Hanks and Washington were starring in &quot;Philadelphia&quot; the yearthat Clinton became president). But let's not get sidetracked. This isa great movie, and I recommend it to everyone.

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Reviewed by scubergmu 8/10

To me this movie is both a relevant and compelling story, as well as amodel of overcompensation. I feel as though Philadelphia was tryingdesperately to show a touching, human side to the AIDS epidemic, but atthe same time overly conscious of the lack of compassion much of middleAmerica has for homosexual victims of AIDS. As a result, ourprotagonist Andrew Beckett is made to be a virtual superman. I wouldhave had more respect for the film if they'd made him more like you andme. If he had been a bright, successful lawyer with friends, a lovingfamily, and a serious relationship that would have made him someone wecould really relate to. Instead, Andrew was a legal phenom, THE risingstar, future senior partner, the future leader of the law firm. And inhis personal life, he was the most popular person at his firm, belovedby all. More than that, he was the most popular member of his wholefamily, he was brilliant, affable, going straight to the top, simplyAMAZING!!! Doesn't it seem like they tried too hard to get us on hisside? To show the human story of AIDS, show us an actual person, notsuperman. That is problem with Philadelphia.<br><br>Having said that, Tom Hanks was fantastic, as usual. Denzel was alsorock solid, his character basically representing all of us, the generalpublic, the ones who don't empathize with gays because they eitherdon't know any, or aren't conscious they know any, and fail toappreciate that they are real people and not merely stereotypes. Hisenlightenment with regards to this is one aspect of the movie I feltthey came through on exceptionally. <br><br>Philadelphia was an important story to be told, for just like so manyother human tragedies, for us the unaffected to be able to see just oneexample up close and personal, it carries so much more weight than allthe news reports and statistics in the world. I hope it had somepositive impact in creating compassion among the general public. I justwish the film makers hadn't felt it would be necessary to go tosuperhuman lengths to give us a character we could feel for.

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Reviewed by pjaldo1

Jonathan Demme's &quot;Philadelphia&quot; throws us into a world of pain andstark truth that is few and far between in mainstream cinema. The sheeridea that a film would so blatantly take on the difficulty of AIDS andhomosexuality, helmed by the director of &quot;Silence of the Lambs&quot;, theactor in &quot;Big&quot; and the guy who played Malcom X, is staggering. <br><br>AIDS is a reality and homophobia is a nasty truth that permeates our&quot;United&quot; States of America, as well as the rest of the world. At thetime that this film was released (about 1993), the U.S. found solace inthe idea that AIDS and homosexuality were dirty brothers in a distantfamily. By placing the film in the &quot;City of Brotherly Love&quot;, hiringBruce Springsteen to sing the title song and having an up-and-comingTom Hanks star, director Jonathan Demme wisely readied an ignorantAmerica for our first, uninhibited glance into the face of AIDS. <br><br>Tom Hanks embodied his role in an Oscar-worthy performance, allowing usto watch as his lovely and lively Andrew Beckett deteriorate before oureyes. Tom Hanks and the writers took to task the difficult andannoyingly controversial hurdle of playing the &quot;gay&quot; character andplacing the &quot;straight&quot; audience into that different world. Stereotypesare mostly shied away from in the script with a few &quot;fem&quot; gays and dragqueens. These scenes are few, but are also a reality. Many a Christmasparty have I attended with the same crowd (&quot;fems&quot; and drag queens) inthe mix. The other, mildly annoying, factor in this film is that thewriters inform us that squeaky-clean gay Andrew Beckett contracts AIDSat a porn theater from an anonymous stranger, while in a committedrelationship. This annoyed me because I wanted a righteous victim, nota impure victim. Yet as time has gone by and I have had the opportunityto work with many a victim of AIDS, whether be it male or female, gayor straight, I have seen that this too is an unfortunate reality. Noone is perfect (gay or straight, male or female) and mistakes are oftenmade. Costly mistakes are often made. This was a painful truth, but itis a truth nonetheless. In this, Tom Hanks as Mr. Beckett, brilliantlygave AIDS an honest face for a distant America. <br><br>Denzel Washington, on the other hand, allowed America to have arelatable character, one whose shoes we've fit in before. Denzel'sviews of homosexuality were (and still are) commonplace in the Americanpsyche and his reactions to AIDS were understandable to the averageaudience. Yet all in all this dramatic film brought a message home. <br><br>Demme's directing style is nothing amazing; he tastefully weaves a talewithout flashy shots or fancy cuts. At times the film borders onpreachy, but, as always, it is Demme's story that grasps the audience,his mood that sets us into the tale, his actors and his direction ofthem that gives the film honesty. This film is highly recommended ifnot for the great acting but for lovers of a great story.

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