John Butler’s LGBT coming of age film, initially, feels familiar. The inspirational English teacher (Andrew Scott), the star rugby player (Nicholas Galitzine) and outsider Ned (Fionn O’Shea), feels reminiscent of Peter Weir’s ‘Dead Poet Society’. However, Handsome Devil reworks these tropes in a way that feels completely unique, and above all unapologetically optimistic
Bullied outsider Ned, is forced to share a room with rugby star, Conor. Despite their differences and initial disdain, both boys find common ground in their desire to be themselves. Challenged with finding their ‘own voice’ by their charismatic English teacher, Mr Sherry, both Conor and Ned attempt to figure out who they are.
A combination of Butler’s sharp comic timing and impressive performances from both Andrew Scott – whos wry and emotional portrayal is a joy to watch – as well as the younger cast, ensure that this film is another success for Butler.