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a lot to like, but not perfect
on 29 June 2014
At the beginning of Getting Go the images come at you in a confusion of online photos and text as Doc is looking at the website of a go-go-box dancer he fancies. He then goes to the club where he works and meets this boy - called Go - and pretends to be making a documentary he wants him to be the subject of. Go goes along with it, Doc starts filming, and bit by bit they fall into a relationship. Up to this point I enjoyed the film a lot, as it did seem to take you inside Go's living space quite effectively. The two boys are quite the opposite, Doc being very uptight and innocent and Go being very laid-back and free. Once they are in bed it shows their sexual exploration quite lyrically, and Go always looks hot whether in the bedroom or on his box - he certainly knows how to gyrate.
However there are problems: the film is so free it starts to seem more like an idea than a proper film, and the director doesn't quite make the move from the online world to a sense of life as it is lived. There is very little context for Doc's life, and neither character seems to have any friends or relations. It's just about video footage and encounters in Go's flat, a bit of discussion about art, and some kissing in the street. There are quite long passages of pop songs heard over kissing or sex scenes that look nice but don't help to give more substance. The film also has a very experimental feel, using split screen quite often, which I find alienating, but others may like it more. It seems to stop you being at all immersed in what you are seeing, which is generally what I want to feel in a film, especially one about emotions. But even with these reservations I still like the film, particularly Doc's lack of confidence and Go's dancing in his gear in the club.