Disclaimer I went to this screening blazed as shit but my eyes were only red from the crying.
Tonight I had the pleasure of viewing the latest Reinaldo Marcus Green film and it left me feeling empowered, optimistic and humbled all in one. This is more than a story of a father who wanted to see his children have a better life than his upbringing, this beautiful biographical drama is a story of a Black and Successful family that was built from the collaborative brilliance, perseverance, and love from parents who maintained faith in their vision and their children through many trials and tribulations. From the start of the film, Will Smith's voiceover sets the tone. His dialect takes a little bit to get used to at first, which is a good thing because you almost forget that it is Will Smith in the film. Even more incredible was the screen acting of Saniyya Sidney (Fences), Demi Singleton, and Aunjanue Ellis (If Beale Street Could Talk). The entire staff from the writers to the camera crew, editing staff, and the scoring composer did an amazing job collaborating to keep you reeled in. You barely notice the two and a half hours you spend watching this film.
I need to take a moment to give a round of applause to the supporting cast, which helped mold this film into a well-rounded story and not a rendition of Pursuit of Happiness. This total package did a great job and keeping you on an emotional yo-yo.
One great takeaway from this film is that there are bumps and bruises along the road to success but the good thing is the universe favors the brave. I must add that this was the first review that I did not leave my seat for a concessions trip or even to pop out for a quick smoke because the movie didn't blow my high.
I give this film a rating of 5 joints out of the 5 possible.
It would be fun to see Serena and Venus's response to this film.
LaTosque, founder of Speaking Into Existence and host of Cannabis and Coffee with LaTosque has been getting stoned and watching films for over 10 years. Now he gives you his expert opinion on those films and how they'll appeal to a true stoner.