Soldier’s Girl (2003)
This film is old news by now but, late to the party as always, I saw it for the first time today. Wowza.
First of all, I cried. Now, that doesn’t mean a lot in terms of objective quality because some pretty terrible movies have been known to bring me to tears. That being said, if a film manages to make me cry, it definitely earns a place in my heart.
Second of all, this film has a certain aesthetic that was very typical of this period that I have a very hard time explaining. But I’d say 2001-2004…films just LOOKED a certain way. Slightly more polished than those of the 90s but certainly not how they are today. The film still created a sense of non-reality that modern cinema often lacks. During this time I was 7-11 so this aesthetic is very comforting and nostalgic for me so it had a bit of an advantage.
Regardless of those things, this film was powerful. I’d seen Pace long ago when Pushing Daisies was still on the air but I’d all but forgotten about him until within the course of a week I saw him in two films at the cinema: Breaking Dawn pt 2 and Lincoln. He was really cheesy in the first one (which suited the role perfectly) and actually quite enjoyable in the second one (also really sexy…good lord). So, I was inspired to see what else he’s done. This film really changed my view of him. He was GREAT. I mean, he obviously identifies as a man but throughout this film I never felt like I was watching a man. This film wasn’t a story about a man falling in love with a transgender woman to me. It was about a man falling in love with a women. That was SO IMPORTANT to this movie working and Pace pulled it off. Not that I’m terribly surprised, I mean for fucks sake the guy went to Julliard! I don’t know, it was just such a joy to watch him completely encompass this rather delicate and beautiful character so completely.
Also, Troy Garity. Fuck, I mean arguable his role was less challenging than Pace’s but fuck, he did a good job. His internal struggles, his moments of vulnerability, his anger, god, just everything was great. WHY DOES HE NOT DO MORE? XD Plus on an irrelevant note , this man is just dkfsdfs…I have a type and it is Troy Garity!
One thing I really want to talk about though is the chemistry between these two! I mean, they were on FIRE! Which was something I was worried about before I started watching but good lord, those sex scenes were HOT! And just generally, it just felt like you were watching two people fall in love. This could not worked at all if they hadn’t gotten on so well.
Obviously this film made a really blunt political statement about Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and just homophobia and basic humanity. It sort of brought me a little bit of comfort that DADT has been repealed but I couldn’t help but feel a bit disgusted that even with incidents like this, it wouldn’t be until another 10 years after Winchell’s death that that would happen.
It was damn good.