Moffie

What is it about us that we need to make men into monsters?

Moffie is about a guy joining and fighting in the Aparteid South Africa army. A less sympathetic subject you’d be pressed to find.

It may make a difference that he’s a 16-year-old conscript who’s secretly gay. That’s what Moffie means, it’s the Afrikaans slur for a gay guy.

Whether this is enough to gain your sympathy is debatable. The film reminded me of Full Metal Jacket. And all I could hear was a variation on the old Frankie Boyle joke, about joining a racist, homophobic, human rights-abusing army, then making a film about how being in a racist, homophobic, human rights-abusing army made you sad.