Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is based on the stage musical of the same name and follows 16-year-old Jamie New (Max Harwood), an openly gay kid who dreams of becoming a drag performer.
To begin with, it’s a lofty goal, even before factoring in the probable hatred he’ll confront from the locals.
Jamie lives in Sheffield with his single mother, Margaret (Sarah Lancashire), who is supportive of her kid.
Still, her ex-husband and Jamie’s father aren’t, which Margaret desperately attempts to hide by covering for him and pretending he’s sent notes, gifts, and so on.
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The video explores many universal themes, including identity, family, dreams, and friendship, all of which shape who we are as individuals and are crucial to our entire identity.
Jamie has no desire to fit in with his friends and is frequently bullied by classmates and chastised by teachers, which he manages to overcome.
At first, he appears to be a confident character, but it soon becomes clear that he has some underlying issues, which Max Harwood wonderfully portrays as we learn more about him.
He chooses to investigate the art of drag with the help of his closest friend Pritti Pasha (Lauren Patel), a bashful girl with ambitions to become a doctor, and even goes so far as to wear a dress to prom.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (2021) Movie Trailer
It’s a risky decision, but he jumps in headfirst and goes to a neighborhood store that sells gorgeous clothes. Jamie encounters Hugo Battersby (Richard E Grant), a shop owner and former drag performer who used to go by the stage name Loco Channelle.
He offers to coach Jamie after remembering some of his best memories. Jamie eventually agrees.
I can’t compare the film to the stage musical because I haven’t seen it, but the songs and dancing in this version of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie were solid, albeit not as memorable as you’d expect from a film like this.
They’re still catchy and cheesy, but let’s face it, that’s why you’re watching a movie like this. It’s supposed to be whimsical and a little out there, but that’s exactly why it works.
All of the main characters are allowed to express themselves via song, with some performances being more powerful than others (Grant and Harwood stood out to me the most).
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is an important film, despite the fact that it oversimplifies some aspects.
With the LGBT+ community still under-represented in the mainstream media, it’s critical to share tales like this and offer hope to people who are dealing with their own identities.
Jamie finds it difficult to distinguish himself from his drag person Mimi Me, who is far more confident and capable of conquering the world.
At one point, his attachment to Mimi puts him into difficulty, teaching him valuable lessons about appreciating both aspects of his nature.
Although it is primarily a feel-good picture, some disturbing components must be shown. Jamie’s father has always been dismissive of him, never genuinely giving him a chance, and some of the lads at school attend his drag show solely to jeer him.
It raises some interesting questions about how we regard masculinity and femininity, as well as the dangers of stereotypes. Why wouldn’t you sympathize with Jamie, as the film clearly wants you to?
His character is so alive and passionate that you want him to fulfill his dreams, no matter how far-fetched they may be.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a hopeful film, and it’s the kind of feel-good movie that’s easy to get swept up in.
Jamie’s narrative is compelling, and you’ll root for him throughout. It’s also a lesson in why it’s so vital to accept and support others around you.
It has its over-the-top moments, but it’s ultimately a picture that many of us will be able to relate to in some manner.