- Native Son 2019, worth the watch, read the book, different ending 4/7/2019 12:00:00 AM by jrneptune
Read the book a long time ago. Still have it. Watched the movie and it started off following the novel by Robin Wright fairly well.
I don't believe a movie adaptation of a novel has to follow the story line and it can be more interesting to have some twists or re-telling of the story. In this case I would say it is a re-telling but the one let down for me is the buildup to the ending.
It felt like it was rushed and they did not have the time or the budget to provide the finer details of the story to explain the heart of the original story of why the title "Native Son" applied so well to Big and his part to society.
An incredible cast and I enjoyed everyone's acting. Most of the camerawork was great in my opinion. Felt like it did update the story for our present time. Wished there was more reference to slum lords and the legal system.
For folks that have not read the book, I hope it inspires them to read it. I know I will be re-reading the story again.
- I'd skip the book too. 4/8/2019 12:00:00 AM by thejoudblitz
This is not how you make a good movie and here is why. First off the protagonist is hard to get into, is he a punk or appreciative of the fine arts, is he a bicycle man or a driver, is he a hard ass or a lover? The story telling could not decide, there was evidence for everything. There is no way a broad audience can root for a scrawny, talent free nobody who's sense of humor is defined by holding a dead rat to his sister's face. The second big mistake, two thirds into the movie a main character dies. That's like eating a meal and half-way through someone takes away your side and says go ahead, eat up it's art now. At that point in the film it is safe to fast forward, skipping pathetic conversations the pot head fake-glasses-wearing hero has, with his bathroom sex jealous instead of happy for him girlfriend. And lastly, the probably biggest flaw of this "story". The plot was non-existent. Things happen, but none of them are intertwined. There is no structure, events just happen without connection, other than the time-line. Where are the scenes of importance you remember when interesting plot-twists happen? Where is the build-up? Character development? "Native Son" is not that kind of movie. "Native Son" is a bad movie. 3 stars for production value.
- We are not victims 4/7/2019 12:00:00 AM by threes2013
We are Americans. I don't care what the color of your skin is or what kind of education you have. Stop blaming the government, capitalism, corporations, or who ever you blame for the problems in your life. The problems in your life are of your own doing.
Lady Liberty hu Akbar!
So anyway i didn't like this movie. It was boring. I found Bigger Thomas too be dry and lacked chemistry with his girlfriend, his boys, and Mary. The dialogue was also dry and dull. Movie just couldn't hold my attention.
You know what poor white people and poor black people have in common? One parent in the home.
- A rare instance where the remake outshines the original 4/8/2019 12:00:00 AM by kingrl-71573
Initially I shunned thus film and was not going to watch it. Saw the movie poster and how the new Biggie was dressed like a grunge rocker....this peaked my interest. I wanted to watch and gauge the differences between the two. Honestly this depiction is brilliant.. The added elements of introspection add to the dynamics of the storyline. Not going to put any spoilers out there. Watching this film you pray it ends a different way....this is all I will say. I love the actors in this everyone did a great job. Definitely worth the watch.
- Weird, but good-weird 4/8/2019 12:00:00 AM by methmaga
This isnt really a great movie but it has a knd of unique tone and feel to it, a tone that is very hard to define and beucause of that its intriguing. The lead acting is fenomenal!