With all the buzz this one got last year, I was super bummed that I didn’t get a chance to screen it at last year’s Savannah Film Festival SMH. So when this finally started streaming on Hulu, I was super stoked. All the talk and awards praise was much deserved…this movie was touching, poignant, eye opening, depressive yet hopeful and timely, even in 2019 (though this took place in the early 1970s)! Everything was damn-near perfect…the acting, the set design, costume design, the dialogue/writing, cinematography and the score/soundtrack! The only thing I wasn’t 100% sold on was Kiki Lane. She seemed like she was holding back (granted that could’ve just been how she chose to play the character, but I wasn’t a fan).
Stephan James was great…Regina King, excuse me, Academy Award Winner Regina King was amazing…Brian Tyree Henry was great per usual…Emily Rios was good as was Pedro Pascal…even the rest of the two family members were great, especially Teyonah Parris! (Can I just say its dope to witness the glow/blow up of someone you know…all the way back to her elementary school days…keep killing the game Teyonah! This was a great follow up to Barry Jenkin‘s Oscar-winning Moonlight (which I also loved)…I can’t wait to see what he does next, he’s a true auteur! Please, if you haven’t seen it yet, definitely give it a watch…this is filmmaking at its best! Currently streaming on Hulu.