Brokeback Mountain meets Ilkley Moor bah tat
- God's Own Country review by Pete W
A rather familiar storyline very much based on Brokeback Mountain and some of the scenes and motifs are a direct lift - strip down washes in a bucket, skinny dipping, left behind clothing - but I don't think this detracts from the story. Unlikely to do much to encourage people to take up farming in Yorkshire amongst the racists in the pub, it is a touching story of how an emotionally repressed young farmer gradually realises that he needs help and support from an immigrant worker with whom he has developed a relationship more meaningful than the quick shags in the back of his trailer or in pub toilets. Good performances from the two leads but strong support too from Gemma Jones as a grandmother who knows more than she lets on and Ian Hart as father incapacitated by a stroke.
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful.
Brokeback Mountain in Yorkshire
- God's Own Country review by JR
This is basically a Brokeback Mountain set in Yorkshire. But unlike Brokeback, which looked like and advertisement for Ralph Lauren clothes, this film shows the hardship and isolation of fell farmers. But it's preoccupation with mud, muck and all types of human body fluids was hard to stomach.
1 out of 7 members found this review helpful.
Lottery-funded Ee by Gum it's Brokeback Mountain in Yorkshire Dales wiv Sheep on't Farm an all, like
- God's Own Country review by PV
Well this is certainly an interesting film - the sort of slow state-funded lottery-funded sort of thing we have come to expect - and it ticks the pc diversity boxes re the gay storyline and also the Romanian immigrant who is also a gypsy thereby ticking those important ethnic boxes which state/lottery funding demands...
But is it any good?
Well, that depends what sort of film you're into. There have been loads of gay films now so this stuff is not shocking or even unusual - and the scenes are less explicit than in other movies. Brokeback Mountain is the immediate reference, of course, whether the writer/director of this likes it or not.
One criticism would be the lazy stereotype of all white Brits being racist.
And that Romanian farm gypsy speaks better English than English university professors too which is all somewhat unrealistic as he'd be doing a better job with that idiomatic and proficient English!
But it's certainly an unusual film and worth a watch.
0 out of 6 members found this review helpful.