6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good but flawed,
This review is from: Prick Up Your Ears  [DVD] (DVD)
This is a great film that is really best seen on the big screen. It was a revelation to see it recently in the cinema since you can see all the detail of the collage in the Noel Road flat plus you realise how much of the sex scenes have been cut from the DVD version. I would say the DVD is a good 10 minutes shorter than the cinema version. Both are still mono too which is a shame since the song "By the beautiful sea!" which they sing as they run on the beach in Tangier with all the Moroccan boys would have benefitted by being in glorious stereo.
That said this is still an outstanding study of one man on the up (Orton) and another on the down (Halliwell). We only see Halliwell after he meets Orton so we see nothing of his early life during WW2, his acting in Scotland, his unpleasant father etc, but we do see the young Orton as he struggles to be an actor in Leicester. So it is a bit of a lop-sided portrayal of the two men, possibly concentrating a bit too much on Halliwell's misery. (He wasn't always like that of course.) The scenes from their flat and London life are authentic and Alan Bennett's script is just as sharp as the one he wrote for the film "A Private Function". A better film could probably be made but it would have to delve more deeply into Halliwell's early life to satisfy me. Until then this biopic by Stephen Frears will do nicely.