“A Very English Scandal” Review: The Best Rated Gay Drama of 2018

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Very refreshing, this is Abu’s first feeling after watching this new BBC drama. No nonsense, I will push it to you right away–“A Very English Scandal”.

Just seeing the two people on the cover, it is estimated that many people will scream. Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw.

"A Very English Scandal" Review: The Best Rated Gay Drama of 2018

Hugh Grant, who graduated from Oxford University in the United Kingdom, has a unique British aristocratic temperament.

Even if he is old, the shriveled eyelids and the wrinkles on his face cannot hide his temperament.

When it comes to British acting actors, Hugh Grant is definitely one of them, and Ben Whishaw is also famous for his acting skills.

"A Very English Scandal" Review: The Best Rated Gay Drama of 2018

This time, the roles played by the two are a couple. No, strictly speaking ex boyfriend/girlfriend.

That’s right, Ben Whishaw is gay again this time. He has played a lot of gay characters in recent years, and the one that impressed me the most is “Queers”.

"A Very English Scandal" Review: The Best Rated Gay Drama of 2018

Perce, played by Ben Whishaw, sits there and talks, bringing the audience into the story. That is, after watching “Queers”, I began to pay attention to him.

And through the “A Very English Scandal” that I want to talk to you about today, I have learned more about what real acting is.

It turns out that you can play a gay man so well that you can’t see the shadow of Perce in “Queers” at all.

Norman, played by Ben Whishaw, has has an effeminate temperament from the very beginning.

"A Very English Scandal" Review: The Best Rated Gay Drama of 2018

Although Norman’s job is to deal with fierce animals such as horses all day, there is always a softness in his demeanor.

Norman’s character has a lot to do with his life experiences.

He has been living a dependent life, raising horses for the rich, living every day cautiously, and since he was born he did not know who his parents were.

Since his character just appeared, it has been explained that Norman suffers from mental illness and often needs to take medicine.

Life and illness kept Norman’s nerves on edge.

And Jeremy, played by Hugh Grant, knew from the first glance that Norman was his prey.

"A Very English Scandal" Review: The Best Rated Gay Drama of 2018

Compared to Norman, who raises horses for the rich, Jeremy’s image is much better.

He’s a member of the House of Commons, and he’s running for Liberal leadership, and to put it bluntly, he’s a politician.

Jeremy has infinite charm. He was calm and capable at work, and he fought with his opponents during the competition, winning bursts of applause.

In private, Jeremy also has a sense of humor and unrestrainedness that does not belong to a politician.

To friends, to Norman, Jeremy chats in a lighthearted and humorous state, giving people no pressure.

But don’t think Jeremy is really that approachable character.

In “A Very English Scandal”, I knew Jeremy wasn’t a bad boy from the time he appeared.

The show has just started, with Jeremy and his friend Bessell having dinner in the House of Commons restaurant, and the director conveys his character to the audience through the feature of the food.

A mature beef, served with raw egg yolks.

"A Very English Scandal" Review: The Best Rated Gay Drama of 2018

Jeremy speaks as he savours this umami-packed treat, thus identifying himself as a predator.

For him, Norman is his prey.

What does the hunter do when the prey wants to struggle and escape?

"A Very English Scandal" Review: The Best Rated Gay Drama of 2018

And Jeremy revealed his sexuality in the first 3 minutes of the film.

At the dinner table, Jeremy and his friend Bessell feasted while discussing issues such as work and personal life.

When talking about the rise, Bessell pretended to be mysterious and told Jeremy that when he was young, he was too hungry and would look for men.

Jeremy asked him, “How much do you like men and women?”

"A Very English Scandal" Review: The Best Rated Gay Drama of 2018

Bessell told him it was 80 percent female and 20 percent male.

Originally he thought Jeremy would be surprised, but Jeremy told him that 80% of himself liked men and 20% of women.

And it is because of Jeremy’s “confession” that led to the story of him and Norman.

"A Very English Scandal" Review: The Best Rated Gay Drama of 2018

In the UK now, it’s not much of a fuss to mention homosexuality, but the story of this film takes place in the UK in the late 1960s.

It was an era of homosexuality, and homosexuality was defined as a sin.

One is the leader of the Liberal Party, the other is a horse breeder, and the story of homosexuality between two people who can’t fight is impossible.

However, “A Very English Scandal” is based on real events!

In British history, there are really Jeremy and Norman, and there are really same-sex stories between them.

"A Very English Scandal" Review: The Best Rated Gay Drama of 2018

In a real historical event, Jeremy was the leader of the UK Liberal Party from 1967 to 1976. He was once a political figure, but was embroiled in same-sex scandals and political struggles.

Jeremy was charged with Norman’s murder in 1979, and their same-sex relationship in the early 1960s became public.

This caused an uproar in Britain at the time.

Because until 1967, homosexuality was considered a serious crime in the UK.

Although acquitted, Jeremy had to step down and end his political career in order to quell the incident.

Jeremy is Britain’s youngest party leader in over a century, but he is also the first politician in British history to be charged with murder.

In the film, the same-sex love of the two people was rendered to a certain extent. Norman succumbed to Jeremy in a half-assault.

"A Very English Scandal" Review: The Best Rated Gay Drama of 2018

Jeremy rented him a house in London, worked during the day and spent the night with Norman.

The two were like lovers at first, enjoying every day, but as the novelty gradually faded, a quarrel broke out between the two.

In fact, when the two met for the first time, the hidden danger was already buried.

Norman suffers from mental illness, and chronic insecurity has made him sensitive.

He was always on edge, and when Jeremy was working, he was always in a state of unease.

His character makes him easy to trust others, but equally good at protecting himself.

"A Very English Scandal" Review: The Best Rated Gay Drama of 2018

It was this sense of crisis to protect himself that became a stumbling block in Jeremy’s political career.

Jeremy may not have thought that after Norman separated from himself, he would go to the police station to report himself, and still kept all the love letters he had written to him.

It’s hard to believe that a prestigious politician’s career could be ruined by a mentally ill “ex-girlfriend”.

The BBC’s new series “A Very English Scandal” is only 3 episodes long, and by the end of the first episode, Jeremy already has the idea of ​​killing Norman.

Apart from the acting skills of the two leading actors, what attracts me more to this show is its compact plot.

Recently, I especially like the fast pace. After watching a drama with a fast-paced plot, I only have one feeling, it’s cool.

The plot of “A Very English Scandal” is so compact that there is no unnecessary nonsense, and the whole film is about the “love-hate entanglement” between Jeremy and Norman at a fast pace.

Even better, Jeremy’s dirty work and love have always been told in a lighthearted atmosphere throughout.

This makes me feel very new.

Trust me, this show is definitely worth watching.

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