Politics drives the film a lot more than I care to admit, but as a fellow reviewer said recently, it’s a new age and they are giving what the audience wants. So tonight’s film looks to be one of these issue driven films wrapped in a potential action casing. Yet, trailer artists are impressive in their ability to hook us into the film and so reviewers like me are here to give some thoughts as to the quality of the latest film. Get ready, because here we go as I take a look into:
Movie: Black & Blue (2019)
- Good Acting
- Nice Portrayal of a Cultural War Zone
- Dynamic passing of the hot item
- Music that Portrays The Attitude
- More Suspense Than Some Other Films
- Drawn Out
- Some Suspense Of Disbelief
- Politics Take Priority Over Story
- Some undeveloped aspects
- The Action
When you have a pollical feature you need to have people to play the new age champions of the generation. Well they picked fantastic cast members to bring it to life with Naomie Harris the beacon of hope in this emotionally charged film. She’s a hero that brings the motivation and good intentions to life in a character that is meant to be the focal point. Tyrese Gibson brings his usual charm to the film, an edge that shows being tough, but curbed to not be quite the hot head his Fast And Furious counterpart shines in. The rest of the cast begins to come together to paint their various characters, but it’s really these two that shined for this reviewer. Outside of portraying the character swell, I nod to the portrayal of a cultural war zone, where modern society feels different pressures that results in the divisions seen in the media. Black and Blue’s emotion is actually much derived from the setting, a nice touch to the political piece of the film. With that hot item that is the body cam, this film got creative in the means of passing the hot item around like the world’s most intense game of hot potato. I give them props for the means of passing the information it contains, and the solutions they come up with to work around things. It adds the suspense element to the film, and I’ll admit there was a little more intensity to the film in determining how far both parties were willing to go to achieve their goals. And to be truthful, it is that suspense that makes the true entertaining value of the movie. Finally, the music brought into this film goes the extra mile to add that last bit of finesse to document the energy and emotion of the film.
For all the good this drama did though, there are some thing I think overshadow the entertainment piece of the movie. It starts with the predictability, another linear tale where thanks to trailers, obvious dialogue, and stale writing, you have enough foreshadows to lead you to the end of the film. What’s worse is that knowing the ending that is coming, it takes a little longer to get where you are going. Black and Blue is a bit too drawn out for me, a little too bloated with these monologues and boring exchanges that starts to blunt the suspense mentioned earlier for the more political nature. Throw in some suspense of disbelief and well you get the toned-down moments that other reviewers have talked about. Yet where the movie really starts to lose it for me is the focus on politics over the other elements. For those who want the relatability of an issue, who like the realism drawn into the film, and rooting for your champions as they make the first steps towards change, this movie is for you. However, for me the stereotypes and directed writing got a bit overwhelming for me and sort of retracted from the things I thought the trailer was going to show. Again, the movie manages to capture a realer tone with the language and mannerisms, but the aggressive use of these devices usually leaves a bland taste in my mouth so I can’t say it was a win for me. Still, another big weakness is the sort of lackadaisical development of the movie’s aspect such as full rounded character development, histories of some key people, even the better integration of those threat elements could have gone a long way to round out the story and make the time investment worthwhile. Finally, the action, the one thing I thought this movie was wrapped in is sadly missing for much of the movie. The drama is the main entertaining factor, but it really need a few more gun battles, chases, and warlike feature I had hoped would spice things up. Sadly, there are only a few short-lived moments that quickly cease and fall into the past.
Overall, Black And Blue is going to be the movie that will appeal to those that love a politically fervor movie with attitude and aggressive visualization of key events. It’s got the emotional aspect to it, brought to life by the cast, setting, and suspenseful game of hot potato that is a key factor. For Drama lovers and crime lovers this is your bread and butter movie of the week so far, but for action lovers well hold your horses. The political component is the one you have to prepare for, because it is going to be the key factor that is stretched out, slow, and a little bloated. I’m not sure how people will respond to the painstakingly obvious issues and dialogue, the stereotypical roles and the portrayals of the cast. For me I would have liked better story, more developed aspects of the film, and certainly more excitement to help amp up the suspense. All in all though, the movie needs to find a little more balance and excitement before I can say it’s worth the trip to the theater, so hold out for Netflix on this one if you can. With that said, my scores are:
Movie Overall: 5.0