3/4

The Boys In The Band [2020] ★★★

This hidden gem from Netflix is based on a Pulitzer prize-winning play from the 1960’s that still resonates even in 2020. I do suspect that no screen adaptation can do any stage play justice, but with a cast that features Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells and Robin De Jesus, the end result is truly captivating, which is more than I can say about other films I’ve streamed recently. The time is 1968 and Parson’s Michael is ready to host a birthday party for his friend Harold (Quinto). Over the course of the night, seven gay friends are reunited, and layer by layer, old wounds are reopened and secrets are revealed, which leads to unpredictable results. The cast delivers the goods, especially when it matters most, and the dialogue is sharply written, making “The Boys in The Band” a must-see for anyone who enjoys a good play with lavish sets.

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