After viewing all six episodes of "The Corner" I sincerely believe that
extraordinary mini-series could've been a great film. I can see this film
challenging the majority of so called masterpiece films in the theater
now, probably putting most of those films to shame.
This film has everything I expect from masterpiece film-story telling.
First of all, unlike a lot of the films made by African-American
it doesn't hold back on the truth. Charles S. Dutton did a marvelous job
telling a story about real life in inner cities all across America and with
out holding back on the truth. The film consists of stereotypes most
African-Americans, especially those who are living safely in Hollywood away
from the ghetto, want deny being reality in most Black communities. But
this film doesn't apologize for the stereotypes or anything, while some of
the characters are apologetic about many things in their own lives.
Secondly, the acting was one of the best by an ensemble African-American
cast in recent years. Thirdly, the film was shot well, using little style
to the shots so that it would have that documentary feel. I also found
scene in the film to be well written, like some great scripts of the past
like Good Will Hunting and the Deer Hunter, both great films. So we've
films about the inner city before (Boyz N'the Hood, Menace II Society) this
one. Who cares? Hollywood had made dozens of titles dealing with the
mafia, and most of those films are great. However, this film stands alone
from the rest, making viewers sympathize with and see each character as
being exactly who they are: human beings that make mistakes. This film
doesn't demonize the drug addicts in the film regardless of their sometimes
immoral ways of getting that drug. "The Corner" ranks amongst one of the
best mini series ever made for television. Despite the fact that it wasn't
a feature film, I still rank it over the majority of films of recent years
If you had never been to the ghetto and you want to grasp an understanding
of how must people in the inner city lives, this mini series is what you
should see. Out of a grade of an A+, which is super excellent, to a F, I
give this film an A+. I also give it 10 stars...
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