The Boys in the Band (2020)
IMDb rating: 6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 84%
Ryan Murphy revived Mart Crowley’s play The Boys in the Band in 2018 for Broadway, featuring a cast of openly gay actors, including Andrew Rannells (Girls), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Matt Bomer (American Horror Story), Charlie Carver (Ratched), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek: Into Darkness), Michael Benjamin Washington (Glee), Robin de Jesus (Law & Order: SVU) and Brian Hutchison (Godfather of Harlem).
The same actors returned for the screen adaptation, which is now streaming on Netflix. On one night in New York City, in the year 1968, seven gay friends’ unresolved feelings and secrets are thrown into the open when an unexpected guest turns up at a birthday party.
Critics have praised the adaptation, with New York Times calling it “Zippy and soulful”, and NPR writing, “The Netflix film is content to let Crowley’s play remain a perfectly preserved artifact from a bad time, without struggling to impose contemporary parallels or meta-meanings atop it. And that’s the right impulse.”
And Time Magazine says, “This version, produced by Ryan Murphy and performed by the same cast that appeared in the play’s 2018 revival on Broadway, is like an unusually strong telescope, giving us a clear and vivid view into a not-so-distant past.”
News24.com gave it 5 out 5 stars, too.
There’s also a follow-up film, in which the cast is interviewed about the ways they connected with the play and the film, called The Boys in the Band: Something Personal, on Netflix.
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