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Native Son (2019)

TV-MA | | Drama | 6 April 2019 (USA)
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A young African-American living in Chicago enters into a seductive new world of money and power after he is hired as a chauffeur for an affluent businessman.


Rashid Johnson


Suzan-Lori Parks (adaptation), Richard Wright (based on the novel by)
2,108 ( 408)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashton Sanders ... Bigger Thomas
Margaret Qualley ... Mary Dalton
Nick Robinson ... Jan
KiKi Layne ... Bessie
Bill Camp ... Mr. Dalton
Sanaa Lathan ... Trudy Thomas
Elizabeth Marvel ... Mrs. Dalton
David Alan Grier ... Marty
Lamar Johnson ... Jackson
Jerod Haynes ... Gus
Aaron Moten ... Tony (as Aaron Clifton Moten)
Stephen McKinley Henderson ... Mr. Green (as Stephen Henderson)
Barbara Sukowa ... Peggy
Judaea Brown Judaea Brown ... Vera
Jaedyn Lane Jaedyn Lane ... Jasmine


A young African-American living in Chicago enters into a seductive new world of money and power after he is hired as a chauffeur for an affluent businessman.

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2.39 : 1
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A beautifully made film, but lacks the depth and thought-provoking character of Richard Wright's novel
28 April 2019 | by nyancatcandySee all my reviews

Finally the new adaption of Richard Wright's classical novel is here, ever since I read the book and I found out a movie was being made, I have been looking forward to this. That said, I hade very high expectations of it, seeing that the novel is so captivating and in every sense great.

The first thing I noticed that differed from the book, was the main character, Bigger Thomas. In the movie he has green hair, nails painted black and wears trashy clothes, something that is supposedly ment to showcase Bigger's world view. But let's be honest, it is nothing but ridiculous. Furthermore, he and his family does not seem to suffer from the same economic and racial struggles as in the book.

Moreover, there is little that shows a society that treats Bigger and other Black people less worhthy, as the book does. This is a vital failure as the whole novel builds on these themes and is the underlying factors behind Biggers actions later on. This misstep makes the movie lack depth and meaning, as well as failing to to fully deliver the measage. Now this film is a modern adaptation, and society has come a long way since the 1930's, even though there are still inequalities. The movie doesn't really emphasis this either, as the only attempt comes from modestly showing some police brutality in the ending.

Moving on, the ending feels very forced and quick as well, and it wouldn't have hurt to add another 30 minutes to it - especially just to get to see that famous courtoom scene from the novel. It was truly disappointing not to see it as it was one of the things I looked forward to the most. This movie suffers greatly from the lack of a good script.

However, the script may be poor, but the directing and cinematography sure isn't. Director Rashid Johnson pulls a rabbit out of the hat, saving this movie from being a total disaster. The lightning and colours are very nice and helps display the dark setting of the film. As well as great camerawork and some good looking scenes. Just imagine how good this could have been with a good script.

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