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'Native Son' shifts classic novel into modern setting

The spaces feel both unfamiliar and familiar to Bigger at the same time. He knows that the pieces are expensive, perhaps even rare, yet he cannot be sure who created the work or how the Daltons acquired it. He also knows he is surrounded by black voices, and is clearly familiar with some of the icons, like Ligon's rendering of Malcolm X, depicted in the artwork. In the job interview scene, Bigger finds his way to a seat in the living room. While his discomfort is palpable, he also commands the space.

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He adjusts himself in accordance with the Daltons's gaze. There's a large black-soap-and-wax-on-tile drawing on the wall by Johnson from a series called Anxious Men , which seems to only grow in meaning hovering behind Bigger's head. Of course, it's not easy to get permission to feature all this of-the-moment black art in your movie.

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But it helps to be Rashid Johnson. Johnson also found a common language with McKenzie, who met him at an exhibition opening years ago. Carlos Aguilar Feb 2, Benjamin Lee Feb 2, Dowd Feb 2, Gregory Ellwood Feb 2, Mike Ryan Feb 2, Alissa Wilkinson Feb 2, Though it has some problems as a film — some of which are part and parcel of translating a book to the screen — Native Son still packs a punch, one that connects directly with the gut. User Score.

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Write a Review. User Reviews. The3AcademySins Jun 6, Native Son is an incredibly well adapted take on Richard Wright's influential novel. The acting from every member of the cast is superb.

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The Chicago scene is done very faithfully especially since a lot of principal photography took place in Cleveland! This is a very smart, highly skilled movie, and I loved almost every second of it.

The first half is a lot stronger than the second half in terms of story, but I was able to follow the actors and the direction through to the finish without any problems. If you love the novel "Native Son" then you will love this movie! GrantD May 12, My first A24 movie of and I gotta say I came away a little bit disappointed. I thought that the first half of the film was great. Plenty of social commentary, with a narrative that intrigued although at times felt like it was struggling to find its direction.

The "incident" that propels My first A24 movie of and I gotta say I came away a little bit disappointed. The "incident" that propels the story to its conclusion in the third act, though, felt like an odd choice by the writer.

It wasn't where I saw the main character's journey going, and while I can appreciate subverting expectations I felt like it weakened the film as a whole. I still like it, but I feel like it could have been so much better.

I've never read Native Son but I've always wanted to do it, maybe now after I've seen this adaptation I finally do it. The book was published 80 years ago and for all I've heard about it still quite relevant and although the story of this film is obviously an update of the subject the book I've never read Native Son but I've always wanted to do it, maybe now after I've seen this adaptation I finally do it.

The book was published 80 years ago and for all I've heard about it still quite relevant and although the story of this film is obviously an update of the subject the book relates, I honestly found it a bit empty and even kinda robotic. I'm not so sure if that's the right word to make clear how I felt the story but I said this because even though the film begins very well and keeps a good style for most of the first part, it comes to a certain point in the second half where it gets lost and also the final part feels a bit shallow.

I know it seems to try to give a message but it really doesn't. It's the HBO quality but it didn't leave me completely satisfied … Expand.


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