BOY FRIEND, THE
THE BOY FRIEND REVIEWED
“The Boy Friend” was released the same year as “The Devils”. It’s hard to think of one director switching gears so fast in a single year. “The Boy Friend” plays like a loving modern throwback to the glorious Berkeley musicals. For a film shot in wide scope and with glorious color, all of the action feels slammed into central frame. Twiggy makes her film debut here, but I don’t think it’s fair to downplay her performance. She plays a young ingenue stepping into too big of a role rather well.
What kills me is that while I love musicals, this film seems to stall in its musical numbers. I get that Glenda Jackson showing up in a proto Gina Gershon role was fun, but it just kept extending this film. I know that the movie has been updated since its original release, but I can’t imagine a slightly shorter cut fairing any better. There’s a great film here, but it’s weighed down by the fact that it feels like every deleted scene was edited back into the movie. If that doesn’t bother you, then check it out.
- 2.40:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track