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Moving and funny, I can't think of a better combination
Billy Elliot (DVD)
Member Name: Kells
Billy Elliot (DVD)
Date: 11/11/00, updated on 11/11/00 (37 review reads)
Advantages: Strong storyline, excellent acting especailly from Jamie Bell, Julie Walters and Stuart Wells
WOH! This is a truely moving film and I suggest that you take the tissues! When you hear the plot you really don't expect to be crying at parts but it really is fantastic.
It is set in Northern England when boys had to be boys, strong and into fighting, boxing etc. Along comes Billy Elliot (Jamie Bell) at the age of 11. He's standing in the boxing class but looking over at the ballet class with longing eyes knowing that he has to hide his feeling for this passion that has grown onto him. He finally manages to get the guts to join the class and this is when we, as the viewers realise that he really does have a talent for it. The teacher, Mrs Wilkinson (Julie Walters) seems to think the same thing, she turns a blind eye on the rest of the group to focus onto Billy.
At the same time Billy's Dad (Gary Lewis) and brother Tony (Jamie Draven) are on strike from the coal mines. When Billy's Dad realises Billys tallent which takes a long time as to start with he turns a blind eye, he swallows his pride and takes the redundancy money to pay for an audition for Billy at the Royal Ballet School in London. Billy gets in, so he has to leave his family. His family by this point realise that Billy is special and has a future ahead of him.
The end is absolutely fantastic. The film has jumped ahead several years and Billy is now a grown man preforming on stage at a theatre. This is the most moving part of the film when he Dad is in tears!
I really recommend this film to everyone. The storyline is excellent and strong all the way through, you won't be bored at any point. The acting is extremely excellent! Jamie Bell acts with confidence and personality and I couldn't think of anyone else that could have done it better. And Julie Walters plays a stunning Mrs Wilkinson, but does anyone know how many cigarettes she mush have smoked?! In between the tears you will actaully find it quite amusing as well, especially with Billys gay
friend Michael (Stuart Wells) who gets a crush on Billy! So I can't think of a better combination for a film!