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

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourites include Bong Joon-ho, Danny Boyle, the Coen Brothers, Nicolas Winding Refn, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Taika Waititi and Edgar Wright. All reviews and articles are original works owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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