#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – County Durham, during the endless, violent 1984 strike against the Thatcher closure of British coal mines. Widower Jackie Elliot and his firstborn, fellow miner Tony, take a dim view of 11 year-old second son Billy’s poor record in boxing class, which worsens when they discover he sneakily transferred to the neighboring, otherwise girls-only-attended ballet class. Only one schoolmate, closet-gay Michael Caffrey, encourages Billy’s desire, aroused by the teacher, who judged him talented enough for private lesson, to train and try out for the world-renowned Royal Ballet audition. Only the prospect of a fancy career unimagined in the pauper quarter may twist pa and big brother’s opposition to indispensable support.
Plot: Set against the background of the 1984 Miners’ Strike, 11-year-old Billy Elliot stumbles out of the boxing ring and onto the ballet floor. He faces many trials and triumphs as he strives to conquer his family’s set ways, inner conflict, and standing on his toes.
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Billy Elliot – The Class of 2000
To say that Billy Elliot is the best movie of 2000 is to damn it with faint praise, since this year’s crop is pretty uninspiring. Better to compare it to movies of the past few years, and even then it would stand out. It is a phenomenally good film, and perhaps even groundbreaking in its own way, since it goes against the trend of quirky, violent, sex-obsessed moviemaking that’s become so popular recently. We’ve finally been given a film with a good, almost mythic story, complicated yet believable characters, a masterful blend of emotional intensity and critical restraint, and a series of dance scenes that are authentic, inspiring and completely integral to the plot.
No wonder critics have been falling over themselves in heaping praise on Billy Elliot. No wonder it’s been holding its own in the box office despite being shown in a mere handful of theatres (one-quarter to one- sixth as many as the big Hollywood blockbusters) and despite its receiving hardly any promotion at the moment. Its success is being driven by word of mouth. And what is the word? Here is a movie that appeals to your heart, head, funny bone, eyes and ears, and last but not least your feet, for the music and the movement will have you wanting to get up and dance. And it achieves all of this without insulting the intelligence. I sometimes wonder how the movie would have been done by Hollywood: Billy would have been made a more pathetic figure; the people in his life rendered more black and white; characters would have either remained caricatures, or made to develop in the blink of an eye. All such excesses are avoided in Billy Elliot, where the characters develop in a totally believable way, where Billy invites admiration instead of pity, and where the silences, looks and gestures all leave so much to the imagination. The dictum “Less is more” is clearly the guiding principle behind the film.
The buzz for Billy has been so positive that people sometimes come away disappointed that their lives haven’t been changed. So don’t go expecting a “knock ’em dead” Hollywood rollercoaster. Billy Elliot is far more subtle, though the emotional moments are all the more powerful because of that. You can however believe everything that has been said of Jamie Bell. He has an outstanding screen presence and carries the movie on his little shoulders with breath-taking naturalism. His dancing is honest and powerful, and very masculine. He makes you forget that all the other actors give the performances of their careers in support. If the Oscar were awarded without consideration for age, career, box office draw or Hollywood clout, Jamie and his movie would win hands down.
“Billy Elliot” grounds the magic and passion of dancing into reality
Dancing, passion and familial struggle are all tied together in the high-spirited “Billy Elliot,” the little independent film that could in 2000, when such films were drastically under- appreciated. “Billy Elliot” caught some attention however because it combines the dream-like fancy-free spirit of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers films along with the social-historical context of the ’80s coal miner strike in England. Youthful optimism and social reality are at odds as seen through the young Billy (a very talented Jamie Bell) and the film doesn’t let either one completely win out, an admirable and unexpected quality for a story about a child.
Pre-teen Billy lives in a small England town where his father (Gary Lewis) and brother (Jamie Draven) are picketing as part of the coal miner’s strike, so money is scarce. His father then becomes especially angry to find out Billy’s been taking the money he was supposed to be using to pay for boxing lessons for ballet instruction instead. Despite his father’s disapproval at his son taking up a “girl’s” activity, Billy meets regularly with Mrs. Wilkinson (Julie Walters) to prepare for the Royal Ballet School audition.
The feature film debut for both writer Lee Hall and director Stephen Daldry, “Billy Elliot” is a real triumph of art imitating life. In a stroke of inspired creativity, Billy dances when he feels it, when he needs to express emotions of anger or excitement or when he was something to prove. Scenes are intercut often to show how Billy’s drive to master ballet is indicative of a need for self-discovery, family approval and learning how to handle life’s challenges.
With a soundtrack mixing ’70s English rock band T-Rex with classical music and orchestration by 1999 Oscar-winning composer Stephen Warbeck, “Billy Elliot” takes on this true independent spirit. It’s far from the cheesy uplifting string music of an inspirational drama and more true to its historical context. Its much easier to sympathize with Billy’s yearning for movement and his description of “electricity” in terms of how dance makes him feel with modern music.
Billy’s dancing outburst scenes give the film the feel of a dance musical movie ala the Fred Astaire era of Hollywood, while his angry and emotionally withdrawn father as well as Billy’s own fits of irrational anger ground the movie in the struggles that surround the Elliot family on a daily basis.
The film is also not a social commentary on gender roles despite the conflict of Billy wanting to dance and his father wanting him to box. Billy takes an unexplained interest in dancing and doesn’t exhibit any “homosexual” tendencies. This is about doing something you’re passionate about, not a child’s struggle with his gender identity. Billy’s cross-dressing friend is there to remind us that one thing is not connected to the other, but the film doesn’t waste time overdramatizing this small conflict in a greater story.
“Billy Elliot” is a special film, one that perfectly fits the magic of finding one’s passion within the troubles of real life and a cast that accurately reflects that vision from Daldry and Hall. It acknowledges that with good comes bad and with reward and hard work comes nervousness and discomfort. It’s a unique outlook for a movie based about a young boy and his dreams. ~ Steven C
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Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 50 min (110 min)
Genre Drama, Music
Director Stephen Daldry
Writer Lee Hall
Actors Jamie Bell, Jean Heywood, Jamie Draven, Gary Lewis
Country UK, France
Awards Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 56 wins & 70 nominations.
Production Company Studio Canal, Working Films, BBC, Tiger Aspect Pictures, Arts Council of England, WT²
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Aaton 35-III, Zeiss Lenses, Arriflex 35 BL4, Zeiss Lenses
Film Length 3,087 m (Spain)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 200T 5274, Vision 500T 5279, Vision 800T 5289)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm