PREVIEW: Looking – the movie

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHEN?: Sky Atlantic 2/8 10.15pm

After two seasons featuring 18 episodes HBO pulled the plug on this drama about a group of gay men and their fag hag in San Francisco masterminded by 45 Years writer/director Andrew Haigh.

  • Read on for a preview but no spoilers of the 90-minute movie conclusion to the show 

Looking was criticised for being boring which is an understandable but unfair complaint given that Haigh’s best work has its roots in documentary and naturalism, reflecting emotion far more than epic storytelling.

The movie opens with protagonist Patrick (Jonathan Groff) returning to San Francisco for the wedding of two of his friends having moved to Denver to escape the city many months ago.

The 90-minute movie format (the show’s original episodes were a third of the length) allows Patrick the time to reflect on how much he has grown and how far he has come since we first met him.

His one-night stand with a much younger man underscores how much things have changed for his community in such a short space of time, a theme front and centre during Agustin and Eddie’s wedding. O.T Fagbenle Frank’s back too just to annoy Agustin.

There’s also a brilliantly-played scene with former boss and squeeze Kevin (given a great humanity by Russell Tovey) as they pick over the fall-out from their past relationship that is as touching as it is awkward.

What feels as though it deserved more time was the reaction to the revelation in the relationship between Doris (the always sparky Lauren Weedman) and Murray Bartlett’s Dom.

Loose ends are tied in bows and it’s a satisfying conclusion to a show which has meant a great deal to so many. Although the vibe is very much about moving on to greater things is it wrong to want some sort of return to this entertaining group? Surely Doris’s future is worth a series of its own?

Or should that honour fall to Tyne Daly’s wedding character who has a secret of her own? Perhaps we’re just clutching at straws but when parting is such sweet sorrow it means we’ll always hanker for some sort of return.

  • Picture via Facebook courtesy Looking
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