Billy Elliot ★★★★★

Yes, it's often noted as being the kid going against his father's desires narrative, but it's so much more. It's pro-union and tackles police brutality, how it takes a village to raise a child, different ways we handle grief and most importantly, hope in overcoming toxic masculinity. It emphasizes these important messages by weaving it seamlessly and subtly throughout its runtime that while following a story arc you may expect throws in some surprises along the way. The cast really gives this film the heart it needed with Gary Lewis giving a endearingly heart-breaking performance as a single dad with a lot on his plate and Jamie Bell who at 14 in his film debut gave easily the best lead performance of the year. "Billy Elliot" may be a story we've seen before, but it does it so well with such depth and sincerity that it makes it one of the finest coming-of-age films ever made.

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