Tuesday, May 17, 2016
'Beautiful Something' DVD: 21st Century 'Queer As Folk'
Ariztical Entertainment nicely coordinates the May 17, 2016 VOD/iTunes release of the 2015 gay-themed drama "Beautiful Something" with when the thoughts of young gay men turn to Pride. All of the action centering around an evening in which four somewhat diverse gay men who are attractive in their own way prowl Pittsburgh in search of sexual and/or emotional satisfaction makes 10-percenters who are old enough to remember the early days of Pride think of the then-groundbreaking 2000-2005 Showtime series "Queer as Folk."
The "Folk" premise is that four gay men who are attractive in their own way prowl the streets of their Pittsburgh community seeking sexual and/or emotional satisfaction. One difference is that that series is far steamier than the film.
Just as many viewers have their favorite character in "Folk" and in other series that revolve are four leads who most likely would not be friends in real life, you will have your "Beautiful' favorite. Additionally, like their small-screen counterparts, each "Beautiful" man fulfills two stereotypes.
Brian is a scruffy 20-something novelist who is seeking both to break the writer's block that is hindering completing his contracted-for second book and a man who can meet his physical and emotion needs.
Drew is a stereotypical gym-rat black man right down to the shaved head and body by Nautilus. This famous sculpted sculptor is trying to convey his true feelings for model/live-in lover/aspiring actor Jeff.
The difficulties between Jeff and Drew send the former (who fits the boy-next-door stereotype) out on the streets for adventures.
Jeff encountering borderline sugar grandpa/bear Bob provides the most substantive intercourse in the film. The elder man, who evokes thoughts of George Segal, provides the twink with insight regarding the bad ole days of homosexual love and further essentially tells him to grow up. Additionally, their role play is highly entertaining.
The personal nature of the stories, equally personal nature of the people watching them, and the understated nature of every element of "Something" make the analysis of it tough. The increasingly vocal (and very substantial) majority of viewers who can relate to one or more character will enjoy the film more than the handful of folks whose experiences are not similar to the depicted action.
A scene between Brian and a former high school buddy perfectly illustrates the key to deciding whether to order "Something" or selecting another VOD title. Brian and said one-time friend with benefits currently find themselves at odds regarding the significance of their prior displays of youthful exuberance and their present-day feelings toward each other. This ending when Brian disregards a charming command of "down, Boy" both ends this encounter on an entertaining note and rings true to guys of his generation who exceed the limits of buddies whose willingness to take (or give) one for the team is limited.
In other words, the effort of writer/director Joseph Graham to provide something for everyone may "Queer" the deal for some.
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