I absolutely adored this movie. You must watch it. I’ll be honest, the only reason I did go was lotsa friends were going, and Najib and I decided it’ll be a fun no-homo date night. I most definitely do not regret a second. The movie was absolutely perfect for me.
The art direction and scenery and locations were beautiful. Every character had their own charm, none of them were useless and each one captured elements of Lebanese society so brilliantly, put into the witty folksy charm that George Khabbaz embodies.
The trailers and teasers say virtually nothing about the movie, and that’s something I adore. I love walking into a theater with absolutely no idea what’s going to happen. This is not a comedy, although the boyish sarcasm and lighthearted poking we all love about Khabbaz had a significant presence, interrupting the heartfelt drama for a hearty laugh every now and then.
Ghadi is preachy, but not in the preachy kind of preachy. It’s also fair, and even though it takes a very strong stance against abortion (which I don’t really agree with), it deals a fair share of shame to the backwards mentality our society and religion imposes on us. Stuff like gender inequality, domestic violence, ostracizing the mentally challenged, racism and sectarianism.
It tackles all those thing in the most gentle of ways, never going overboard, but packing quite the punch. You fall in love with most of the characters, especially Ghadi. The storyline is brilliant, and for once, thankfully, the movie wasn’t centered around the Lebanese war. It’s uplifting and engaging, at times edge-of-your-seat, and others, laugh out loud (very loudly in Nemr’s case who was sitting next to me =P)
I don’t want to ruin anything for you guys, so I won’t mention the main plot points. I will sincerely recommend you watch it, as I’m sure you’ll love it the way I did. I’d even go as far as saying this is by-far my favorite Lebanese-made movie. It’s beautiful and very well made. It’s relevant, it’s accurate and tasteful in its exaggerations. You will all nod in agreement, and shake your heads in disdain when it pokes at societal embarrassments we still suffer from.
This movie gets a solid 9/10 for me, but only because I never give a full mark. Watch it, it hits theaters this week.
Was awesome seeing you all there, especially Najib, Maya, Pascale, Rita, Assaad, Patrick, Maria, Petra, Nemr, Tanguy and everyone else.