The 2012 Vancouver Queer Film Festival is just around the corner, taking place from August 16 – 26. Homorazzi.com is once again a proud sponsor of two of the films this year. One of these films is Private Romeo and it’s definitely a must-see film. This film screends on Saturday, August 25 at 9:00pm at Empire Granville 7 Cinemas. Tickets can be purchased here.
When eight cadets are left behind at an isolated military high school, the epic story of ‘Romeo and Juliet‘ seems out of their classroom and into their real lives. Each of the guys is one of the characters from the timeless story and director Alan Brown did such a fantastic job of integrating it into a modern day gay love story. The film incorporates the original text from ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ mock YouTube videos of some of the characters lip-syncing to Indie rock music, and a great soundtrack. I have to say, not only was the cast “easy on the eyes,” but they were incredible actors. The way they took the Shakespearean text and made it their own to fit this take on the story really amazed me.
With eight guys at a military school, there’s definitely lots of shirtless scenes with these hunky boys as wells as some hot & heavy scenes between the male versions of Romeo and Juliet. As Romeo says at one point during the film, “Love goes toward love as school boys from their books.”
The cast is comprised of Sam Singleton (played by Seth Numrich) as Romeo, Glenn Mangan (Matt Doyle) as Juliet, Josh Neff (Hale Appleman) as Mercutio, Gus Sanchez (Sean Hudock) as Benvolio, Omar Madsen (Chris Bresky) as the Nurse, Carlos Moreno (Bobby Moreno) as Tybalt, Adam Hersh (Adam Barrie) as Friar Lawrence, and Ken Lee (Charlie Barnett) as Paris. They all stepped up the plate and gave a stellar performance in this film. I was pleasantly surprised, not knowing what to expect going into it.
The Advocate named it one of the best overlooked films of 2011, and the New York Times Critics’ Pick called it “an earnest experiment in don’t-ask-don’t-tell drama as indebted to shirtlessness as to iambic pentameter.”
OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 stars