I loved Get Ready to be Boyzvoiced (2000) and so have been hesitant to watch Boytown for a long time. See, it’s about a boy band from the 80s who, twenty-something years later, decide to mount a comeback. I assumed a few things: the key one being that they would fail., and I didn’t think that would be all that funny. But what if they succeeded?
I loved it. It was ridiculous and the songs were, for the most part, pretty awful, but I quite enjoyed it. There were parts that I didn’t love – I found the stuck in the closet gay man plot quite trite, and the end was appalling. But despite those things, I really enjoyed it.
Based on the play Speaking in Tongues by Andrew Bovell, Lantana is a relationship film that shows a series of couples going through difficulties. To go into more detail would take a lot away from the gradual unwinding of the stories.
The film won a lot of awards at the time, and it’s really not hard to see why. The script is tight in the way of many films based on good plays. The cast of the film is extremely strong – although that’s not hard to tell with these names: Geoffrey Rush, Anthony LaPaglia, Kerry Armstrong and Barbara Hershey. The story unwinds in small grabs and throughout, my mind was twisting and turning, trying to figure out what had happened, or what was happening. It is truly a fabulous film.