The cast is made up of young and old performers with the most well-known being Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton, though an equality between parts is evident as these real characters come to life on screen. It is in its lack of a main character that truly portrays the sense of community Pride is comprised of.
Pride starts with the introduction of the LGSM leader, the inspiring activist Mark Ashton (Ben Schnetzer). It is in the beginning where we see the inner workings on how Ashton thinks and leads as his group of friends follow his brash ideas and his belief in the cause. This is where the story takes flight, as the cause is greater than his own. LGSM is born through Ashton's belief that the suffering of the mining community during the strike is much like his own community stating that they both are beaten by the police and hated by conservatives and the tabloids. Though his drive and cause was not accepted well and road blocked by the union, the LGSM took a more direct route. Choosing one of the many communities affected, LGSM contacted them directly and pledged their support. Backed by the local leader and a few open-minded individuals, LGSM starts to change the opinions of the town and push back the walls of prejudice surrounding them. As the two worlds collide, friendships and bonds are forged in the most unlikely of ways.
Pride is an eye opening and feel good film in whatever context and overall is completely enjoyable. Countless times throughout I caught myself smiling with the joy of watching the small personal moments between characters. Though I enjoyed the humour and interactions between characters on the personal level, the focus on these aspects took slightly away from the real political reach the film could have had. Leaving only a minimal explanation at the ending credits, Pride didn't truly express the political impact the LGSM had to the overall rights of the affected communities. However this is best explained by the Director Matthew Warchus stating, "Both groups in the film – the LGSM and the Welsh miners – are certainly politically minded, but it's their humanity that's so compelling. Pride engages the audience in much bigger concepts of generosity and compassion."
In addition, Warchus states that Pride is over 80% true, something truly special amongst the film theatrics that usually steal from the power of a true story. Not one to miss, PRIDE will entertain you throughout with humour, inspiration, and a story of the unitisation of communities.
Fashion Weekly Rating: 4 Stars
In Cinemas 30th October, 2014