I did not want to watch this movie. However, when you have a Wife/Girlfriend/Husband/Partner every now and again you have to take one for the team. Every now and again I am pleasantly surprised.
This is just about the best Ballet movie set in the North East of England during the 1980s miner strike i’ve ever seen. Niche.
Billy is sent to Boxing lessons by his stereotypical Miner Father. But Billy but doesn’t want to learn Boxing and instead sneaks off to learn Ballet from Julie Walters…. potentially opening the door to a brighter future….
Outwardly this is your basic going against the grain acceptance seeking movie but if you look a little closer it’s as much about the growth of Billy’s Father and indeed his instructor Julie Walters as it is the wee lady.
Great performers portraying amusing characters and really quite a charming tale. Very much in the Full Monty realm of feel good loveliness and the Ballet even impressed on occasion.
“Just because I like ballet doesn’t mean I’m a poof, you know”.
“If you want, I’ll show you me fanny”.
“All right for your Nana, for girls. No, not for lads, Billy. Lads do football… or boxing… or wrestling. Not friggin’ ballet”.
“I don’t want to do your stupid fucking audition! You only want me to do it for your own benefit!”
"I hate you! You’re a Bastard!"
"Dance you little twat!"