On the strength of this trailer, Pride seems to occupy a place in British comedy somewhere between Calendar Girls and Billy Elliot, with an LGBT sensibility. The warm, gentle and silly humour of Calendar Girls is just as evident here, particularly with the scenes of Imelda Staunton and her friends’ forays into the gay scene, hilarious in this trailer alone, while the grim realities of Thatcher’s government on the working class are in full force, though, as with Billy Elliot, things are not without hope. In short, it’s a very typical British comedy, and this is no bad thing.
What sets Pride apart from the pack is probably the focus on lesbian and gay characters, while other comedies of their ilk have only used the LGBT as supporting characters in the past. Differences between this community and the miners are sure to fade as they both find unity in being maligned in society, a true underdog story that made other similar films such a success. As the trailer shows, even the Daily Mail gave it a positive review, and that’s saying something!
Pride, on the strength of its trailer and cast, looks both excellent and hilarious, but with a darker undercurrent to its japes that has all the makings of a moving story. With any luck, an impeccable trailer will translate to an equally wonderful film. With such a great true story as source material, and such talent behind it, Pride deserves to be a success.