Philadelphia (1993)

When a man with AIDS is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit. (IMDb)

Great elements here are held back by little snags: Beautiful editing (see the Springsteen- and Young-backed bookending montages) and unique shots by long scenes that drag a tad; compelling courtroom drama by its abrupt conclusion that doesn’t follow its build-up; the intriguing central relationship by Miller’s unclear character development. That said, the film’s bold approach to its subject matter–led by Hanks’ and Washington’s stellar turns–puts the focus on its pros instead of cons.

7.3/10

Honourable Mention on my Top 10 Best Opening Credits/Sequences list

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