Written February 06, 2007
A film with excellent performances and directing throughout. The roll of "Hector" by Richard Griffiths is stunning. In a scene where Hector meets with one of his students, Griffiths delivers a performance equal
in artistic achievement to the finest Winslow Homer or Andrew Wyeth painting. It cannot be done any better.
Written December 08, 2006
I saw this on Broadway, and the movie was almost as good as the play. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, it was just the right amount of tradgedy and comedy in a movie.
Written January 05, 2007
I suppose that everyone has a right to their own opinion. However, it amazes me that people can get obsessed with minor character flaws and fail to see the impact the story has on the characters. Yes, there are inappropriate actions made by teachers, but the story also focuses on the teachers' ability or inability to repress their desires, as well as the consequences for their actions. The story shows teachers challenging students to go above and beyond and to think outside of the norm. They hope the best for the students and wonder if their teachings would have a lasting impact on their lives.
The students, though only about 17, showed that they could look past their teachers’ shortcomings not simply because they knew they were “only human,” but, rather, because they knew that their teachers were good at their job and had plenty of knowledge to impart to them. Isn’t it about time some of us do the same?
Written December 11, 2006
It was excellent: terrific story--as ambiguousteacher/student relationships usually are, great casting (the same excellent cast as in the play). I did not see the play, but was impressed by the treatment and "opening it up" in the film. This is unlike unlike many novels and plays adapted for film.
Written December 26, 2006
As someone that has been involved in intergenerational love affairs, I endorse this film highly. It is incredibly well acted, incredibly well written and lovingly transferred to film by director Nicloas Hytner, The History Boys touches and intrigues. It is certainly an eye-opener for those of you still living in the Dark Ages, but burgeoning sexuality is a part of life, and making a film about it is the very reason for creating Art.
Art is supposed to make you think. If you can't see something like this, a film clearly marketed as an Art House/Foreign film, with an open mind, as the "gentleman" who referred to this as "A Gayfest” did, how about not going to see gay themed films. Duh.
Instead, spend your time taking a class on Film, it might broaden your horizons some... you homophobe. "Gayfest"? I don't necessarily agree with all you idiots out there, but I can see a film about fools without having to disparage them!