Director: Richard Curtis
Writer: Richard Curtis
Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy
When he turns 21, the young man played by Domhnall Gleeson finds out he can travel back in time. In the course of this too long movie, he uses his power to create the perfect relationship with lovely Rachel McAdams. While the plot presents an interesting premise, writer/director Richard Curtis (Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral) exhibits none of the skills that made these other efforts such a delight. The dialogue lacks spark, the “quirky” supporting characters are not and Gleeson doesn’t have the comic chops or romantic charms to carry the load. The potential for sweet humor and captivating dramatic moments is set up, but as the movie progresses it becomes uninspired, predictable and flat.
GAY ANGLE: I love me some gingers, but Gleeson lacks even nerd sex appeal.
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Writers: Stephen Jeffreys (screenplay), Kate Snell (book)
Stars: Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, Douglas Hodge
In the period between her separation from Prince Charles and her death, Princess Diana (Naomi Watts) had a secret affair with a Pakistani heart surgeon (Naveen Andrews). This film lays it out in simple terms: her loneliness, her fame, her political causes and her struggle with love. Watts brings her talents to give the character depth and Andrews is effective. The events are relayed in short scenes with uninspired style, almost like a documentary. The writing is equally prosaic. While the film never especially touching, it does reveal interesting details in the life of “the most famous woman in the world’.”
GAY ANGLE: No room for any of Di’s gay friends and Andrews isn’t especially sexy.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.