Updated: Apr 13
It appears that Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) would be the perfect platform for current social taboos, such as homosexuality and transgender nowadays. In my eyes, the discrimination against African American people in that decade would be the same now, but homosexuals are a big deal in our society nowadays. But, of course, I would have to be different according to 2022.
Even though he has a dark past, John seems to be the perfect man for Joanna. I could ultimately see their love through their eyes. But that makes me wonder why John has had to put that kind of term to get married. Why was Sidney Poitier so obsessed with getting her parents blessed? Why couldn't he ignore their opinions and run away with his future wife?
At some point in the film, I would escape from the super awkward situation I would have to deal with if it were John. Joanna was always motivated to keep going because inside of him, he knew that if he took that plane without Joanna, his life would be miserable. He wouldn't have any other option than regret himself forever. So he always believed in his father-in-law's logical temperament.
It's hypercritical of Joanna's parents to teach her that nobody is as less human as her just for their skin color. Matt and Chris both have an internal fight against themselves to either accept John in his family and guarantee Joanna's happiness or be honest with themselves and say how they feel under this unlikely situation.
Monsignor Ryan was the key to changing Mr. Drayton's mind about his daughter's marriage, his image of John Prentice, and how he can make his daughter happy. I guess that Monsignor's words caused him to believe that the whole time there wasn't anything wrong with John and Joanna's marriage but his prejudices against an old white man in the 60s. It was an internal fight in Matt's mind between what
He thinks about the union and what he's been fighting for during his life. It makes me feel proud of Matt for doing and saying the right thing instead of just taking the easier path and still being firm about his old perspective.