The summer movie blockbuster blitzkrieg is upon us. Big-budget, hunnid million-dollar spectacles are coming for that #1 spot. If you’re a virtually unknown director or limited-funds production company, you have zero business competing with these juggernauts. It’s like a jungle sometimes, it makes me wonder how they keep from goin’ under. You need more than a good story. You need marvelous special effects. You need A-list actors. You need overwhelming marketing and promotions, right? Right?
Well, ever so often, one little film gets blessed by the movie Gods and jumps to the front of the line. Let me tell you about the rose that grew from the concrete. That rose is called, “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”.
“The Last Black Man in San Francisco” stars Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Danny Glover, Tichina Arnold, and Mike Epps and is directed by newcomer, Joe Talbot.
This movie is about so many things, but I’ll try to condense it. Jimmy is a native San Franciscan whose neighborhood is losing its culture and identity due to gentrification. He, along with his best friend Montgomery, try to do everything in their power to preserve a particular home which serves as a beacon for this once-great African-American community.
“Last Black Man” not only tackles gentrification, which is prevalent among many minority areas, but it also deals with unabashed black male friendship, peer pressure, individuality, family, and loss – all in one movie!
These are no doubt difficult topics and one would think the multitude of issues is too much for a single film. Talbot directs this feat like a 20-year pro. One of the first things to catch your eye is the cinematography. We normally only see the Golden Gate Bridge and trolley cars and the hilly terrain when it comes to San Francisco.
“Last Black Man” delves further than that. We get to view street corners, the bay, historic homes, neighborhoods, and its inhabitants up close. Camera angles are fantastic. If you’ve never been to San Fran, after watching this, consider yourself an official resident. Now, pay your taxes!
Performances are nothing short of phenomenal. You know Glover, Arnold, and Epps are going to come through, that’s a given. The performances of the lesser-known cast, though…maaaaan listen!
Fails and Majors’ chemistry as best friends rivals Matt Damon’s and Ben Affleck’s. Their performances are so effortless, it almost feels like they freestyle and improv the entire film undetected. That’s how easy flowing the script and acting is.
Get this; this is Fails’ debut. His first time in a feature film – wow. “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” will hit different in many ways. I guarantee its impact on you goes deep.
What’s right? What’s wrong? That’s for you to decide. I’m putting it out there; “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” get a CO-SIGN CLASSIC!
The movie is only in ten cities right now, so it’ll be hard for most of you to see this masterpiece. Hopefully, it does well enough to garner more theaters and more cities.
It may be called “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”, but believe me, the last shall be first.
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