Charming and heartwarming, Billy Elliot is the coming of age story of young Billy (Jamie Bell) growing up at a mining town in North England. Forced by his father to take up boxing lessons, he soon finds out that he’s actually born to do ballet. Without his father’s (Gary Lewis) knowledge at the beginning and only with his ballet teacher’s (Julie Walters) support, Billy pursue dancing and was seen with a lot of potentials. In the midst of a miner’s strike with the participation of his father and brother, Billy needs to summon the courage to show them that he’s got it in him to be something in the world where he feels most happy.
This hands down is one of my favorite films of all time. The scene when Billy dances in front of his Dad at the gym to convince him of his talent almost broke me and I for one believe that it was the best scene in the film.
Julie Walters and Gary Lewis were exceptional in their roles. There was synergy in them that made them all realistic with what they play and their chemistry with Jamie Bell made a perfect ensemble that carried the film altogether.
There was also excellent choice in musical scoring and its soundtrack. The film was anally good that I can’t find any imperfections in it or maybe I just don’t want to find any.
Billy Elliot is a story of courage, hopes and dreams. It is the story of taking chances – chances that you’d have to take in order to fully realize what you’re truly made of.
Director: Stephen Daldry
Starring: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Gary Lewis, Jamie Draven, Jean Heywood, Stuart Wells