Directed by Roland Emmerich
"Stonewall" is a drama about a young man in New York caught up during the 1969 Stonewall Riots, a pivotal event widely considered the starting point for the modern gay civil rights movement.
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★★★★ review by Tom Normandy on Letterboxd
★★★★ review by Sofie on Letterboxd
Gays make some noise
★★★½ review by thomas44 on Letterboxd
The movie is better than expected.
With the negative reviews on my mind
this movie could only be better.
The film is more diverse than some people guess
and the 'historic truth' is not as clear as some activists say.
There is much to enjoy in this high budget independent movie
written by a two-time-Pulitzer-Prize-nominee
★★★½ review by Paul Gordon on Letterboxd
There have been many documentaries but very few dramas about the Stonewall Riot in New York City, that changed the face of gay culture forever. Judy Garland had just died, and her death helped provoke drag queens, who tired of being arrested at illegal nightclubs, took to the streets and rioted against the police harassment. Roland Emmerich, director of Independence Day, shapes a fictional drama around the night that changed history forever. His story is two parts Last Exit to Brooklyn and one part Do The Right Thing, but it's done in a way that they could escape an R rating so that younger people would be able to see it. But apparently the MPAA slapped it with an r rating nonetheless, and it didn't help that the conservative Time Magazine called it one of the worst films of 2015. The story follows a hunky Kansas high school senior in 1967, who is outed by fellow classmates who catch him in a sexual act with the school quarterback (who later claims he was seduced). The teen flees his redneck, religious parents and moves to New York awaiting a scholarship to Columbia University, and falls in with some LGBT street kids who frequent the Stinewall bar, a gay club run by the mob. The performances are decent, the script so, so, but the characters make it an absorbing drama. Worth watching.
★★★½ review by Thomas L on Letterboxd
Jeremy Irvine(from War Horse), Jonathan Rhys Meyers(from NBC's Dracula), Ron Perlman(from Hellboy), Joey King(from White House Down), Jonny Beauchamp(from Penny Dreadful), Caleb Landry Jones(from X-Men: First Class), Karl Glusman(from Starship Troopers: Invasion), Matt Craven(from NCIS), Atticus Mitchell(from The Colony), David Cubitt(from Bates Motel), Otoka Abit(from The Humbling) & Mark Camacho(from A Mother's Revenge).
Stonewall is also directed by Roland Emmerich, who directed some cool films like Independence Day, Stargate, Godzilla, The Patriot(kind of liked this film more then Braveheart for some reason lol), Day After Tomorrow, 2012 & White House Down.
The film takes places in 1969 and is pretty much about the Stonewall Riots.
The film was ok. It's not as bad as People are making it tho.
The film did have some amazing performances.
Especially by Jonny Beauchamp, who actulley gives a oscar worthy performance. Jeremy Irvine also gives a good performance.
Kind of wish Jeremy Irvine was a bigger star, especially after starring in the 2011 Steven Speilberg flick War Horse. No one really gives a Bad Performance. Ron Perlman plays the bad guy here and he does a pretty darn good job.
I Don't much about the True story of Stonewall, but the film was pretty Intresting to watch. It also talked about Judy Garland alot.
Joey King was also amazing as Jeremy Irvine's sister, who's obsessed with Andy Warhol.
Stonewall isn't the best film of the year, nor is it the worst film of 2015. It's just an ok flick.
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