I loved the characterization here — all of the characters are flawed and interesting. My only quibble is the narrative cedes into melodrama at times, but having said that the effect that melodrama had wasn't off-putting. It was pretty effective. A good movie, and an interesting original story. Completely irrelevant, but I love films that talk about film/filmmakers. Robert Altman, Ingmar Bergman, Spike Lee. Meeee too.
I was surprised and utterly relieved to see that this is nowhere near a 'woke' propaganda that I was afraid it'd be based on the title alone. Instead, this is purely a whipped smart, stylistic and at times elegant college drama comedy, first. Shame on me for thinking WESTWORLD was Tessa Thompson's breakout moment.
Rassismus, Sex zwischen Schwarz und Weiss und Klassenkampf, das sind die Zutaten dieser cleveren und eleganten Campus Komödie. Endlich bekommen wir Antworten auf so wichtige Fragen wie: Warum sehen wir Schwarze im Kino immer nur elend und traurig? (...) mehr auf cinegeek.de
3.5. I stand behind the intent of this film, showing the complexities of black culture: from being self aware overtly self-righteous to overtly self-loathing. Though, this film does not occur without its flaws. It manages to drive its points home at the expense of story and development. But for its freshness and unfiltired discussion on what it's like to be black in 'Murica, I'll give it a visible 4 stars.
Spike Lee comparisons are inevitable, but DWP is its own beast. Simien's witch's brew of identity polemics and comedy captures the zeitgeist of today so well, that I wonder how it will be viewed 20 years from now. At times it's simultaneously a little too verbose, pedantic, and flat, but there's also something audacious about both its style and content.