The filmmakers never figure out a full and satisfying ending for a real-life story that culminates in a paralyzing injustice. But if the climactic shocks are just sketched in, the others are vivid and alive.
An inconsistent tone works against this new film from Yann Demange ('71) despite some affecting scenes here and there. The main problem is the performance by lead actor Richie Merritt which pales next to the supporting cast around him.
Feels a lot like "Gotti," another biopic from this year, insofar that it's telling an impossibly good, multilayered story but can't get out of its own way. "White Boy Rick" feels like it was conceived as a three-hour docudrama, but had to be cut down significantly in post-production, rendering its narrative ponderous and incoherent. We don't feel the turbulence nor emotional gravitas of this story, and that's too bad
A rather generic follow-up to a powerful debut ('71). Satisfying and fun at times, sluggish and boring others. Rick isn't always in the world, but the supporting cast anchored to him helps it along. By no means poorly crafted, but non-essential viewing that doesn't quite deliver what it promises.
This was too epic and should have fixated on just one period of his life. The scene with Jennifer Jason Leigh are probably the strongest since they cover the moral complexity of informants but I wish they had developed things more.
Has a few affecting scenes (one with meeting a baby, others with the junkie sister) but commits too many crimes against storytelling: not only is it boring due to a lack of setpieces and unhurried pacing, but there's not a character/dramatic arc either. Its family drama sensibilities also drown out the more intense emotions of thrills and suspense, not to mention relating it properly to Detroit's social unrest.
Exceeded my (very low) expectations. Nice to see a Rise+Fall Crime Thing that's more Malick than Scorsese. Reminds me of another period piece set in Detroit, Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit, in that it would've been better as a miniseries. The "I'm a father now, too" turn was pure shit. Baby Mama being sentient heart eyes emoji = super annoying. Weird dissonance between rap music soundtrack (amazing) and score (mundane).
This may have failed to make a great impression considering the assets and the opportunity but overall the movie was very ok,especially in the first part.And i say this because the movie seems divided in two acts who needed a more cohesive framework.
Impressive performances by McConaughey and newcomer Richie Merritt but the sec. characters deserved more attention.
7.75/10. Yann Demange' sophomore directorial effort.