The Boys in the Band

I will pretty much watch anything that Ryan Murphy touches and so The Boys in the Band seemed like something I would love. I mean, the cast is totally stacked and it takes place in New York City. What more could I want from a movie? I’m sorry to say that this one just didn’t cut it for me. Maybe I didn’t watch it at the right time or maybe I was too distracted – I wasn’t a fan at the end of the day.

The story takes place in 1968. Seven gay friends get together to celebrate a birthday. When an unexpected guest stops by, an otherwise tame and harmless evening is turned completely upside down. The group decide to play a game in which they must call their true love, whether past or present, to profess their feelings. Going forward, to say that nothing turns out as expected is an understatement.

As I already mentioned, the cast members were the saving grace throughout. I probably would have turned the whole thing off otherwise. Zachary Quinto, Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Brain Hutchinson, Michael Benjamin Washing and Tuc Watkins are the men who not only kept this movie going with their impressive acting chops and electric chemistry, but they made the film worth watching. I love how Ryan Murphy was able to get them all to come back after they starred together in the stage production of the same name.

Another thing that I appreciated was how it really did feel like I was watching a play. The way the story was staged and how the entire movie only took place in one location was perfectly executed. Sometimes I forgot I wasn’t watching this in a packed audience.

Unfortunately, I found the actual story itself to be a bit boring. It felt like nothing really started happening until the second half of the film by which point it was too little too late. In addition, up until that point, I didn’t even get the impression that these friends even liked each other and couldn’t understand why they were celebrating such a special day. They were bitching and bickering the entire time!

I do think that The Boys in the Band is still worth checking out if only for the performances. I don’t think I’ve seen acting like that in a long time to be honest and I mean that in the best possible way. I just didn’t vibe with it personally.

Rating: ♥♥♥

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