Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Jan 2017)
Brief Synopsis – Three chapters in the life of a young man who questions his feelings and understanding of the world as he tries to find his place in the world.
My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been looking forward to seeing for quite some time mainly due to all the hype and hoopla that it has roused up over the last few months including winning the Golden Globe for Best Picture-Drama.
Unfortunately, I was not as impressed with the story as most people have been.
I think the fact that this film tries to tell a more complete story by telling three significant chapters in the main characters life, but that takes away from the impact because each subsequent story is less powerful than the previous one.
The first segment is actually the best of the three and Mahershala Ali is superb as the kid’s mentor.
The chemistry that he has with the young actor playing the kid is amazing and you really can believe their dynamic together.
I think that this film would have been even better had it just stayed focused on the first segment the whole time.
I understood the overall story and its message, but the way it was put together comes off too choppy and incomplete.
Bottom Line – Not as amazing as most people claim. The three stories help to give us a better view of his evolving and cyclical life, but the effectiveness of each stories wanes as we watch it all unfold. The first segment is the best and most powerful and I wish they would have just stayed with that story for the whole film. Ali is great and things might have been even more enjoyable had the film focused more on him.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Juan teaches Little how to swim, Mahershala Ali is really teaching Alex R. Hibbert how to swim. When production started, Hibbert did not know how to swim. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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