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Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2020
This movie has got all the typical stereotypes in it -- the brown girl who's fast and loose, the light skinned girl who's the prize, the idea that black people followed orders when they created jazz instead of building the art form from the ground up, that some other people knew the music better than they did. There's the 50s housewife who wants to be a career woman, the disconnected husband, all typical....... and I could deal with that all that if the music was great, but they say in the film this guy is a great jazz musician.
The score is mediocre at best at a time when jazz was groundbreaking, exciting, cutting edge, innovative. The musician they present is no where near to the next, John Coltrane. In fact it's been decades and there STILL isn't another John Coltrane.... That inexactitude ruined it for me. I love jazz. I thought the score would be amazing. I could have dealt with the typical stereotypes, but uninteresting, weak music is really maddening, too little to hold my interest.
The directing is weak too. Tessa Thompson is great. Everybody else is predictable, not because they can't act, but because there's not enough time invested in this, not enough depth, almost like the director didn't ask for much so he got the minimum..... C'mon Amazon, you can do better than this. The black experience has depth. You can't just throw any old thing together.... I woke up when Nancy WIlson was singing. Jazz was fire in those days, this film makes it tepid, lukewarm....tired.....Nnamdi Asamogha is very alluring. Lots of potential with a better director. And I liked the actor who played Sylvie's dad.