Review in Brief: Benjamin (2018/19)

You don’t really get gay romcoms. Why don’t you really get gay romcoms? You get gay characters in rom-coms, plenty of hard-hitting gay dramas and romances but not many films focussing on gay relationships in a comedic context. Simon Amstell gets self-reflective in this loosely autobiographical tale of a film director (Colin Morgan) stuck in a romantic and professional rut after a bad breakup and a struggle to create anything in the same league as his acclaimed feature debut. “I think people just think I made that film and then died” Benjamin proclaims. “I just wondered if you were still in the business of being interested in me?” is his way of asking a guy to give him another chance. It’s a little self indulgent, but Amstell’s willingness to make his self-insert character completely awful wins you back around. It’s sharp, it’s sweet and it’s worth checking out. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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