Yelling to the Sky [Blu-ray]
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The film opens with a brutal neighborhood attack as everyone seems aligned against Sweetness (Zoe Kravitz) and her friend, apparently because Sweetness comes from a mixed-race parentage. You don't get much explanation, really, but as the conflict is resolved--the film unleashes a powerfully visceral punch to your gut. From here, we get glimpses of Kravitz's home life. Her mother seems unstable, her father volatile, and her sister is in a troubled relationship. The screenplay never digs too deeply into the peripheral characters, we primarily see their actions through Kravitz's eyes. As she wants to fit in, poor choices and bad opportunities take her down an unpleasant road.Read more ›
The acting was great. Zoe Kravitz was authentic and restrained. In fact, everyone was great. Gabourey Sidibe was just okay.
The direction, the look, the music, everything that makes a good movie great was here.... but....
I still didn't "like" it. Rather than spoil it, I will say that I felt the writing caused some disconnect between me and the characters. Some decisions are made that I couldn't sympathize with because I didn't understand the motivation.
Finally: Jason Clarke was REALLY good. I could identify with his character and his transformation. I understood his motivation. It's a shame that the promotion for this film relies so heavily on Gabourey Sidibe, because when it comes to the overall story, she is a non-factor.
Sweetness feels trapped. Her escape is to become part of the drug dealing scene. She wants to deal just enough so she can get by, "right now." And as her sympathetic somewhat caring drug supplier warns her, "Right now keeps on changing."
The story is about hitting bottom, and recovery without having an epiphany or seeking special outside help. This is a well acted drama, although slow at times.
It is less about plot and more about character. A more believable inner city film then what we have been subject to here of late.
Parental Guide: F-bomb, brief sex. No nudity.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm trying my best to watch this movie it's to deep saddens me cause first off her sister never should had left her and the father is an jerk and this girl reminds me of myself... Read morePublished 2 months ago by SMDH
I love this film. This is a very good indie film. Zoe Kravitz is a good actress. I honestly enjoyed this movie more than I thought I would.Published 10 months ago by Firestarter
Well acted, well written, well directed, visually lovely, and unique.Published 10 months ago by lucia daugherty
Zoe Kravitz (daughter of Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz) is a good actress but the movie was just okay.Published 11 months ago by BrownSugar
I had been wanting to watch this movie for a while. While browsing the library stacks, I saw it. ( I wasn't even looking for it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Midori