Written by Luke Barnes
I remember when this first came out and it was the talk of the town before quickly slipping into infamy. I gave it a miss as it didn’t appeal to me, then the other night I decided I would finally check it out and it mildly exceeded my low expectations- that is not to say this is a good film.
I won’t get into the Max Landis stuff, he is a creep, and his involvement tars proceedings, moreover his writing is probably the worst part of the film. The contrast of real world racism mixed with bizarre fantasy elements, sounds like an idea that won’t work and in execution it doesn’t. The incredibly on the nose metaphor becomes muddied as the fantasy elements clash.
Moreover, Will Smith is not trying here at all- he has long since given up trying and this film is further proof of that.
Overall, a horribly clashing mess
Some of the fantasy elements work
The soundtrack is strong
The mixing of racism metaphor and fantasy
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