A satire about being a black face in a very white place. Dear White People follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular ‘African American’ themed party thrown by white students.
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One of the great revelations of the Obama era is just how touchy white people can get about race, as if the presence of other experiences and worldviews constitutes a threat. DWP caused a stir, but if you engage with it you'll see a film far more interested in offering ideas than imposing them. Rough, as indies can be: Simien stumbles heavily over his own plot. But the ideas are smart and he doesn't cop out on style.
so...this isn't the greatest movie ever but it confronts a number of issues lacking in most films. there are a number of issues within issue such as one of the main characters being gay, being out of the closet, and being Black when admitting he doesn't fit in with Black folks. I enjoyed the complexity of the racial tension but I would definitely suggest people take a look at Spike Lee's School Daze as a reference.
like 3.5,the shadow of Spike lee is too huge. Anyway, so black people can improve themselves only by joining the community and following a kind of black code...America. Weird tho. Maybe it's accurate. I'm black but i'm also french (and i'm also a philosophy student...), so the "all for the community" part is bugging me.
The idea of 'trading in sterotypes' is the point in this refreshing, relevant and satirical take on race. Tessa Thompson is dynamite as Sam White as the young media arts major thrust into the spotlight when she becomes her campus house leader. The film is willing to subvert its characters underlying fears, racism and stereotyping and the audience's as well. A film worth discovering and please no Lee comparisons.
Could have been titled Being Black in Neoliberal Times. Splendid homage to Spike Lee's School Daze. Simien confirms that in "post-racial" America as well as in "pre-racial" America, all that matters is the bottom line.
These wonderfully framed shots w/ light captured w/ beauty and assurance for the most part capture beautiful, dynamic (and assured) young people in a manner that pleases. Unfortunately a movie that frames the debate(s) like this (for the particular educated-liberal audience for which the frame is being fixed in this manner), is going to in no way effect the debate(s). Not that what the world needs is more debates.
the mood is a bit hard to grasp since it doesn't fit into a traditional genre. so it's interesting in that it can throw you off, and it takes a bit to get into the grind of the film. also, the sound design is a big part of that disconnect. the audio felt so sterile, a lot of adr.