A bit long for how slight the story is, but still won me over with the easy chemistry between its leads (it’s my first Spencer Tracy and I can see why these two kept pairing up on camera). Undercuts its more progressive side with humour in the way films of this era are wont to do but still has a few unusual flourishes, from the realistic evening banter between the central couple, to a scene where we see the three members of the on-trial love triangle in gender-reversal drag.
Solid, some creepy atmospherics and strong young performers, but feels a little underbaked. The plot and denouement could do with a bit more surprises up its sleeve other than 'helpful ghosts', and the villain ends up feeling a bit ill-defined somehow - you think he's going to be either some sort of Saw-esque criminal mastermind or It-style supernatural being, but they end up going with "school bully... but worse!".
A greatest hits of gay movie tropes: forbidden homosexual affair in a recent historical setting; central conflict where one of them is repressed and the other wants to be open; oblivious female love interest; one character haunted by having witnessed a homophobic incident in his past; a tragic ending; and a conspicuous lack of lubricant.
I appreciate that I've seen quite a lot of gay films and I'd probably have a lot more time for this if I were 17,…
First time watching this in about a decade. I’ve always found this film’s most challenging aspect to be how much it grinds down once we get to the retreat, resisting an obviously dramatic denouement with some slightly repetitive scenes of meetings and speeches that just are not as interesting to watch as the first half of the film. This time I picked up on the nuances of these scenes a bit more, and the subtle menace behind the retreat’s philosophy…