DOPE THE MOVIE
DOPE is back in theaters today!!! Seriously it’s a great film and you should watch it today if you didn’t see it the first time around. I had a review in my drafts after I first saw it, but never got around to finishing. So now I’m posting this while I’m high from lack of sleep. My little 9 year old cousin is trying to help me add some commentary about the film. He said, “This movie is not for kids and I’m a kid! It’s totally not for 4 year olds either.” LOL! Also if you don’t want to pay full price, go see it during matinee and you’ll have the rest of your day to feel DOPE.
Pharell Williams executive produced the coming of age film for this generations demographic of cool kids. Dealing with the many obstacles that occur in the everyday life of the new “cool” kid, DOPE does not shy away from what it wants to accomplish. There is a beginning, a middle, and an end that leads to a new beginning in this film that we haven’t seen in coming of age movies in a while. The cast is great! Plus there is tons of humor to keep you engaged during the film. And honestly what was the last movie that dealt with these issues? Seems like the 90’s were a lifetime away.
Centered around Malcolm (Shameik Moore) and his misfit friends, Diggy (Kiersey Clemons) and Jib (Tony Revolori), all of which fall into the non-category, category. They’re cool and hip with their obsession with all things 90’s and a random band, yet don’t relate to their peers. Getting caught in the drug world and labeled with stacks of stereotypes and statistics against him, Malcolm is the moral compass of the film that we can relate to and root for. On his self-discovery journey pitted with societal standards and oxymorons, the endgame results in viewers asking and answering questions in regards to themselves.
Can we be what we see in the mirror and what society views us as at the same time?
Can they co-exist without the pressure of falling into one category and being defined by that for our entire lives?