Flash Movie Review: Passing
I HAD A FAVORITE BOOKSTORE THAT I enjoyed hanging out in. There was something so inviting and comfortable about the place, with oversized upholstered chairs throughout and small nooks among its aisles. One day I saw on their message board they were hosting a book club meeting. The book listed sounded interesting to me, so I searched for it in the store. Luckily there was one copy I found and after reading the writeup of it, I decided to join the book club. There was plenty of time before we were to meet, and the fantasy book was a great read. The day arrived and I headed to the bookstore with my copy of the book nestled in my messenger bag. Once directed by a store employee on where we were meeting, I walked into an alcove in the back of the store; a circle of folding chairs surrounded a low, large coffee table. I counted the chairs as I made my way to an empty seat. A few other people were already seated, some looked like they knew each other. I nodded my head towards the general group and said “Hi” to no one in particular as I sat down. A store employee who was seated across from me offered me coffee or water that was set up on a table in the corner. I thanked her as I slid my bag under my seat. AS THE POSTED START TIME ARRIVED, the employee across from me stood up to introduce herself and thank all of us for coming. She was going to be the facilitator, starting out by asking us how we liked the book. Most attendees enjoyed the book, though there were a couple of people who disagreed. At one point we each were asked to express what we liked or disliked about the story. When it came to me, I expressed how I appreciated the author’s descriptive details of each character’s surroundings; I felt as if I was in the place with the character. The conversation turned at some point to a more in depth look at what the author was trying to say. Here is where I started to get lost because I rarely delve into the topic about what I think the author was trying to say. Who knows what they were saying? I listened to the people around me talk about all these detailed musings of projecting, mirroring, being an allegory and so on to the point where I felt I did not belong. I read for enjoyment, not to figure out hidden meanings in the author’s words. Knowing how I felt, I can not imagine what one of the main characters in this dramatic film was feeling while trying to fit in. AFTER GETTING OVER THE SHOCK OF seeing her old dear friend after so many years, a reserved New York City woman now must deal with the fact that her friend is pretending to be a white person. With Tessa Thompson (Creed franchise, Thor: Ragnarok) as Irene, Ruth Negga (Loving, Preacher-TV) as Clare, Andre Holland (Moonlight, A Wrinkle in Time) as Brian, Bill Camp (12 Years a Slave, Joker) as Hugh and Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Savages, The Taking of Pelham 123) as Dave; this sincere, emotional movie filmed in black and white was beautiful to watch. I thought the acting was excellent, the sets, soundtrack and costumes were perfect. Overall, this picture comes across like a “slice of life,” a look at the daily lives of individuals. I appreciated the direction, where enough time was given to each character as the viewer watched their growth. The idea of the story is a fascinating one and the production of it comes through clearly. This is the type of film where I label it as a story for adults to appreciate.
3 ½ stars
Posted on April 12, 2022, in Drama and tagged 3 1/2 stars, andre holland, bill camp, drama, gbenga akinnagbe, new york, race, ruth negga, tessa thompson. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.
I thought this film was wonderful and I was, therefore, both surprised and disappointed when it failed to garner any Oscars attention. I thought there were definite contenders in acting categories, directing, and adapted screenplay.
I agree Laura, I was surprised as well. The two main leads blended so well together. Thanks for the comments.
So….the acting was wonderful, as was the direction, sound, set, costumes, story, writing….which begs the question: what has to happen to get five stars? Free tickets?
lol too funny. My top star rating is 4 stars and for that to happen the film has to draw me in completely from beginning to end. With the slowness in the beginning of this movie, it took time for me to find myself immersed in it. Thank you for asking though I do like your idea. lol
…like all your many fans, I do love reading the personal stories which introduce your reviews. And thank you for illuminating me about the number of stars available. Indeed, it would take something perfectly unblemished to earn a coveted ‘4’. To add a story of my own, you remind me of those teachers we had who never gave anyone 100% on anything in essay form (short answer quizzes were a different animal, forcing them to wince while having to grudgingly dole out the ultimate prize).
Thank you so much for the kind words and I am touched you enjoy my personal intro’s to the films. My thinking is, if readers see a 4 star rating they know the film is a must see. If I am not mistaken the last film to get 4 stars from me was “Summer of Soul” which I might add won the best documentary Oscar. lol Once again appreciate your words, thank you. Be well and stay safe.
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