Re-Watch: Sunshine (2007)

Sunshine
Director: Danny Boyle
Writer: Alex Garland
Cast: Cillian MurphyMichelle YeohTroy GarityRose ByrneHiroyuki SanadaBenedict WongChris EvansCliff CurtisMark Strong
Seen on: 27.11.2016

Plot:
2057. The sun is dying and the only solution humanity has found is to send a team of astronauts there to reignite it with a fission bomb or else find all of life on earth doomed. The first mission, Icarus-I, to do just that has already failed, now a new team, Icarus-II, is on its way. When they pick up the distress signal of the Icarus-I, they decide to pick up the bomb that the ship has aboard, as a failsafe for their own mission. But that bomb may come at a higher price than they expected.

When I watched Sunshine for the first time, I remember not being particularly taken with it. But it was one of those films where I started getting doubts about my own judgement and that made me curious to check it out again almost 10 years later. And in this case, it definitely paid off, although I still didn’t fall head over heels for it, I did appreciate it much more than the last time.

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Soldier’s Girl (2003)

Okay, I will have to admit two things, none particularly shameful, sorry to disappoint, but things you maybe didn’t know about me: 1. I have a serious crush on Lee Pace and 2. I like movies and books which broach the issue of homosexuality and gender, even though personally, I don’t have any issues with either (or at least not compared to some people). Subsequently, there’s probably a third thing you didn’t know: I find it incredibly sexy in straight men, when they aren’t afraid of getting it on with another guy or wearing a dress/skirt.

So, when I found out that Lee Pace starred in Soldier’s Girl, alongside Troy Garity, it definitely had to be watched.

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Soldier’s Girl is the (true) story of a young soldier (Troy Garity), who falls in love with a transsexual woman (Lee Pace). They become a couple and are happy with each other, until he gets beaten to death by some fellow soldier(s) for dating her.

So, from the plot outline, I guess you won’t be surprised to hear that it wasn’t a feel good movie. It’s a depressing, touching story and I cried my eyes out.

And it was one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. The acting was impeccable. While special regards go of course to Lee Pace (I showed deadra the first few minutes of the film and her comment was, “this isn’t a guy dressed up as a woman. Look at those movements. This is a woman!”), Troy Garity’s performance should not be overlooked. Unfortunately, it’s rather easy to do just that as he shares a lot of screen time with Shawn Hatosy, who has a more noticeable [read: crazy] character.

Another thing I loved about the film was that they had actually sex scenes for Barry and Calpernia. No weird special shoulder squeezes, no hugs, where there should be kisses, just normal sex scenes. No, not normal, more beautiful than your average Hollywood scenes.

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It really is a must see movie in my opinion.

[If you’re interested in those kind of movies (gender, homosexuality), let me know! I can write a few reviews about other, very good movies.]

For everyone who had this in an unfinished version in their reader already yesterday, sorry! I accidentally hit publish instead of save.