“I want to be a ballet dancer.”
– Billy Elliot
SYNOPSIS: A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family. – via IMDB
So this movie was huge when I was a kid. It was in every magazine and newspaper, and yet I never, ever got around to seeing it. I have no excuse. I don’t know why I didn’t, it was just one of those things. I am so happy I finally did! I found myself grinning like a fool for chunks of this movie, and yet it managed to take things back to a super serious thing effortlessly, and successfully. The era in which this movie is set suits it perfectly, too, so all the themes and messages explored within it just resonated more. I thought that the Elliot family was so sad and dysfunctional, trying to hang in there, yet fighting the big fight. Billy’s love for dancing is amazing to watch, and to see his journey, his dedication to continue with an art like ballet was fantastic. Billy Elliot is a heartwarming story and it is sweet to boot, and yes, it will also break your heart at the best of times. Jaime Bell is incredibly talented, even as a young boy this is evident. I was particularly taken with the family, and how they eventually all got behind Billy, how he became the family’s beacon of hope (when that letter arrived and that whole family was on edge and waiting). It was so sweet. I thought the soundtrack for the movie was also great, every song fit the scene, and they were all fun and fitting, which can sometimes be an issue. If you haven’t seen Billy Elliot, get to it. Now. Soon. It’s wonderful!