Dope feels like a bit of a watered down early Guy Ritchie film like Lock Stock, but it is still pretty good. What it lacks is the real tension that Guy Ritchie brought to those early films. The colour is gorgeous and Shameik Moore is a great lead. Just wish it pushed a little harder.
A fun ride with great pacing and a throwback soundtrack, this coming of age film was both funny and subversive. Addressing racial and economic injustice via a group of outsiders in a rough part of LA, this film made me laugh and made me think. As such, I found myself not caring about some of the more predictable tropes due to the likability of the characters and my desire to see them rise above. 3.5 stars
A fairly clever and funny teenage movie from the perspective of a modern/Millennials and/or slightly hipster black youth growing up inglewood. It has the essence of the 90s movie, The Wood, but with a little more social commentary and set in the late 2000s. It's pretty dope.
Drop a trio of nerdy '90s enthusiasts into the Darwinian streets of Inglewood and you get Dope. Malcolm's character arc was particularly interesting, as you watch him go down his own slippery slope (as mentioned in the film) and turn into the very thing he's wanted to get away from all his life, for the sole purpose of getting away from it. The Harvard application at the end was unnecessary and out of place though.
Don't get wrong, there is some funny shit in here. The knocks against Macklemore and Will Smith had me rollin'. The PSA tacked on at the end came out of nowhere. Spent the entire running time trying break away from certain stereotypes (only the leads by the way) whilst at the same time, reinforcing others. Shout out to my man Vince Staples!
Killer soundtrack. I'm a sucker for coming of age flicks. Since it was trying to show the alternative to the black gangsta drug movie it's A shame it had to revert to a drug selling plot, admittedly fun drug selling plot but still . Great debut by leading star.