Kinsey (2004) Directed by Bill Condon
Sometimes it's impossible to know when something truly groundbreaking is happening, even though it might be right under your nose, and not particularly groundbreaking in the end. Yes, I'm talking about the movie career of Bill Condon. Over the course of a few years, it seemed like Bill was going to head a new fleet of movies that could be termed mainstream queer with Gods and Monsters (1998) and aspects of Kinsey. Sadly it wasn't to be and although Condon's career has been interesting with it's choices (writing Chicago and directing episodes of the Twilight saga), it's not bought with it the cool cachet that Condon should command. Kinsey should have at the least raised expectation of his talents.
|The real Alfred Kinsey|
|Linney & Neeson as Mr & Mrs Kinsey|
It's 2015 but I still think that most of the time we are uncomfortable about discussing sexuality. It is as if something about sex and sexualities do not conform to language. I have binge-watched Girls (all four seasons that now exist) in the last week and was sad to have finished it all yesterday, because this rare TV-series discusses so many difficult issues well. First of all it's all about the 20-something women and their sexual lives, mental health, relationships, parents, partners, men, boys, dreams, habits...Yes, it is an all white and mostly hetero bunch of young women, but it is so much more real and funny than Sex and the City from the early 2000s. The way sexuality is depicted visually and talked about in Girls is without the shame-hiding outrageousness of Samantha. Thank you Lena Dunham for writing this genius feminist 'expose'. Less shame more real pleasure – that's how I felt about Kinsey too.
|Girls (HBO series)|
Anyway, Kinsey works as a movie telling the tale of Alfred Kinsey and his wife Clara Kinsey. It grows from the personal story to social impact. The couple's interest in bettering their sex life sparked Kinsey into realizing how unresearched sex of human beings was in the mid-1900's. He did something about it.
|Liam Neeson in Kinsey|