Reviewed by Michael Dalton
I walked into Pride expecting to see a cheesy little feel-good spectacle about a small town set free by a liberating group of gays and lesbians. Sort of the way Kinky Boots tried to but then conked out at the finish line. Here, the finishing line is unforgettable. This gay alliance group have more on their minds than unlocking some prejudice. Based on actual events that took place in 1984 and 1985, directed by Matthew Warchus, acted with energy and love by a great cast, and with a big heart hanging overhead, this is a love letter to an era when times were about to change. There was a long way to go then, the hysteria and horror of the Aids epidemic was making international headlines, and gay and lesbian people were, as they often still are, accused of pushing their own agenda. Warchus, together with writer Stephen Beresford, captures the mood and attitude of the era perfectly.