Review of Anything’s Possible – a delightfully modern film that serves LGBTQ+ positivity and pride
Trans teenager Kelsa embarks on a journey of self-love and discovery, with the help of her boyfriend Khal.
This Anything’s Possible review is spoiler-free.
Amazon Prime released the teen drama Everything is possible. With Renee Elise Goldsberry, Abu Bakr Aliand Eva Reign is is Billy Porter’s directorial debut, lasting one hour and thirty-eight minutes. This movie is a sweet watch. The hype has been strong on social media, as it places a heavy emphasis on queer pride and happiness.
The film was originally intended for theatrical release, but with a lower budget trying to compete at the box office, the filmmakers had to revisit that decision. That’s why it’s streaming on Amazon now. It’s something I think a lot of movies are going to have to do, worryingly making online streaming services more powerful than movie theaters. But that’s another topic to be covered in another article.
The story surrounds Kelsa, a 17-year-old transgender high school student, who begins to explore her world with her new identity. Things heat up when Kelsa and Khal, a popular cisgender boy, pair up in an art class. It slowly turns into a romance. Now, like all classic love stories, obstacles stand in their way and not everyone at school accepts their queer relationship. But, in this modern world, anything is possible.
This film is resolutely aimed at the younger generations and represents people who have not really had the starring role, as protagonists, in the previous films. Older generations could learn more about the trans community and what younger generations are gradually going through in high school and in life. What I really liked was the focus on queer pride and happiness. Many previous LGBTQ+ movies and characters have all focused on trauma, coming out stories, rejection and self-loathing, and here we have a fun and cute romantic comedy celebrating the individual and love. .
As for the story, the movie is a bit basic, it’s really nothing we haven’t seen before. The acting is of a good level, there is a very good chemistry between the actors, with some strong and sincere moments. There’s a cute technique the main characters use when they walk and talk like they’re narrating a nature documentary. It makes everyone around them show and focus, which mirrors how Kelsa is feeling right now. This sheds light on observations and assumptions. There is a powerful argument scene between Kelsa and her mother, which I think everyone can relate to.
There is a focus on gender, which is discussed in the film, with a hint as if there shouldn’t be any. However, without gender, wouldn’t we have the subjects of this film? Genders are important, we just need to accept people for what gender they wish to be. However, I do understand the points the movie is trying to make.
All in all, this movie is a cute, cheeky, cheesy rom-com featuring a trans teenager coming out for the first time. Handled with care and attention, I hope the LGBTQ+ community (and others) enjoy this film as much as I do. You will enjoy this movie if you like the series Sex education, Movies Love Simon, call me by your name, and musical comedy Hedwig and the Angry Itch.
You can stream Anything’s Possible exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.