Saturday, April 23, 2016


A coming of age comedy/drama for the post hip hop generation. Malcolm is a geek, carefully surviving life in The Bottoms, a tough neighborhood in Inglewood, CA filled with gangsters and drug dealers, while juggling his senior year of college applications, interviews and the SAT. His dream is to attend Harvard. A chance invitation to a big underground party leads Malcolm and his friends into an "only in Los Angeles" gritty adventure filed with offbeat characters and bad choices. If Malcolm can persevere, he'll go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself. (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database).

DOPE is Directed and Written by  Rick Famuyiwa produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi and Forrest Whitaker. This is the type of film I’d like to make, the coming of age story with a character that develops overtime on screen. The pace of DOPE was a combination of A+B+C storytelling with a bit of character voiceover to fill the more finite details and character nuances. This film was shot in a straightforward manner with moments of stylistic camera movements. It was a believable story with much character development with the main character getting the idyllic resolution, which maybe typical of many coming of age stories. I gave DOPE 5 stars, as it held all the things I enjoy in a film story, character development, style, and a resolution that fits the message being delivered.

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