Jared Buckendahl Reviews The Boys in the Band

Based on the stage play of the same name, The Boys in the Band (2020) centers around a gathering of gay men in 1968 New York City as an unexpected visitor turns up to their party causing disarray. The film is directed by Joe Mantello and stars Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, Charlie Carver, Andrew Rannells, Tuc Watkins, Brian Hutchison, Michael Benjamin Washington and Robin de Jesus. YouTuber Jared Buckendahl from the channel JBuck Studios, shares his thoughts on the film now streaming on Netflix.

I did not know what to expect from this. This was a superb movie from the dialogue, the performances, the script. You’re very much enthralled in these characters' lives and how everything unravels throughout the night.

The YouTuber is pleasantly surprised by how much he enjoys the film citing the writing and performances as a major role in captivating the audience. He gives high praise to the performances of the cast who really embody each character and give off a believable relationship and on screen chemistry.

The performances from all of these characters are phenomenal. You get who they are as a character. Their friendships with one another, the struggles that they have been through … the performances are the best part of this movie.

Though the director does a great job of staging the scene, which mostly takes place in one setting for the duration of the film, and blocking the characters accordingly, the YouTuber feels there is a small element still missing when taking a stage play and trying to translate it to film. That same emotional drive from a live stage play can only go so far when reconfiguring it on screen, according to Buckendahl.

YouTuber Jared Buckendahl from JBuck Studios rates and reviews movies and TV shows on his channel regularly.