In one word Dope is Dope.
Written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa and starring Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Kimberly Elise, Chanel Iman, Tyga, Blake Anderson, Zoë Kravitz, and A$AP Rocky. The film was produced by Forest Whitaker, executive produced by Pharrell Williams, and co-executive produced by Sean Combs.
Dope is a movie about a brilliant boy Malcom Adekanbi and his 2 geek sidekicks, who stays in a rough side of town with his single mother who is a bus driver. Malcom and his 2 best friends are stuck in the 90s which is an irony because they are millennial kids. Malcom’s story gets interesting when he stops to talk to one of the ‘bad boys’ in the neighbourhood, in the bid to outrun a cliq of bullies, they strike a conversation about his 90’s dress sense and love for 90’s pop culture and everything goes slippery slope(you have to watch the movie to kinda understand the term as it was used more than twice ) from there.
Malcom is someone who is smart but then he feels he is too smart and that could have easily been his downfall. When he finally does something out of character he doesn’t feel remorse, if anything, he only felt fear. Malcom’s character shows that we all have a choices and good or bad, we must own them.
Dom: I didn’t have an inkling that ASAP Rocky could act which is a welcome surprise, his scenes weren’t much. It was enough to have him seen but not enough for him to get over whelmed and get the character all tangled up. his character also an intelligent dope dealer if I may add. He started the slippery slope movement.lol
Stacey: the school guard who turns a blind eye to the metal detector reacting to Malcom’s bag, he’ld rather believe the machine is broken than check ‘’innocent ’Malcom. He is also seen talking to the head of the bullies who was trying to steal from Malcom saying ‘’i’m from the hood,grew up with your daddy’’ this character basically gives hope, although been a security guard in a school isn’t particularly on top of the food chain but has gone on to make a honest living for himself.
What the director did was brilliant, casting new faces at least not so popular faces, showing that a boy from the hood could dream big of getting into Harvard and also working hard for it, Trying to get a girl that is way out of his league.The story line involved Malcom having a dead beat father who is Nigerian, I was almost mad at that until I thought to myself, dead beat fathers come from all races,and socio economic class, I feel the Director was just trying to pay homage to his Nigerian roots and I definitely cant be mad at that. Its better than being an internet fraudstar I guess. His subtle hints about Nigeria from Malcom’s surname to his pendent at school which had a Nigerian Flag’s colour endeared me to the movie and thankfully no one was required to speak ‘Nigerian’’.
The use of a popular face like that of Kimberly Elise ( from For coloured girls and Dairy of a Mad black woman) could have easily overshadowed the newbies but No, she was just a single mother who’s role was to attend to her son the main character and she did just that. Rick Fox also made an appearance as councilman and I can call that scene ‘Half scene’.
One of my favourite part of the movie has to be when Malcom had to point a gun at the cliq of bullies you could feel the fear of what he was about to do, and the fact that he was holding a piece for the first time was also evident.
My best part of the movie was when he changed his thesis. Faced the camera and practically summed his life story in 3 minutes or less. Shows its such a bad thing not to fit into what society expects.
Only thing I didn’t like about the directing was in Malcom’s costume. The hair looked like a hairpiece infact I think I saw it move more than once.
Dope is a really good movie with a great cast and a fantastic director.