I am pleased ('cause it pleases me, son) to step up to bat for PATTI CAKE$. Is this hackneyed terrain? Of course. I don't believe for a moment you didn't know it would be going in. I knew it. Geremy Jasper knew it. So what's the point? Dream inclusivity. Let's share the right kinds of eminently-shareable dreams. This is for anybody on the outs. It is winningly loose and it is about people. I liked the people.
As real as a broken leg, hotter than summertime, and sicker than an overcrowded hospital, Patti Cake$ is destined to be the unseen crowd-pleaser to end the summer. Released in a year with several films boasting tremendous female leads, the film commits to letting Danielle MacDonald shred the glamour and give us a character we root for because we see her drive and hustle occur in every scene.
5.5/10. I wanted to like PATTI CAKE$ more. The film does feature a cast of very likable, quirky characters, but unfortunately the overly conventional plot does them a great disservice. The climactic moment in particular feels too neat and too fake.
The beginning of the film is a bit slow and drags along but the film ends on a high fortunately. It was good to see this girl from a tough upbringing and life succeed after nearly giving up on her dreams. She is a very talented rap singer and I am glad she got the recognition she deserves in the end. Inspiring story.
Imagine Hustle and Flow directed by Edgar Wright. That's the best way I can think of describing this awesome, inspirational, bizarre little movie. Like Hustle and Flow, there are moments of pure transcendence and bliss. From the opening frame, I knew we were in for something special. The casting is pitch perfect, the directing inspiring - every frame is pumping with life and emotion. A wonderful crowd pleaser.