My Brother's Wedding (1984)
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In "My Brother's Wedding," Pierce(Everett Silas), when he is not working for his parents'(Jessie Holms and Dennis Kemper) dry cleaning business, takes the time to look in on his grandparents. In the meantime, he is getting reading for his brother Wendell's(Monte Easter) wedding. And then Pierce's friend Solider(Ronnie Bell) gets released from prison.
"My Brother's Wedding" depicts a working class African American milieu that is still rarely seen in movies today. Ironically enough, in this world, there is upward mobility and downward mobility(Soldier has a certain outlaw charm and charisma about him) but moving sideways or not at all like Pierce seems expert at is definitely frowned upon. But as insightful as that is, the movie suffers from a fractured narrative that can be frustrating at times.(This review and rating refer to the 2007 director's cut.) Even the ending that desperately tries to bring everything together, can also feel more than a little forced.
I watched the director's cut, which is 35 minutes SHORTER than the original version. Refreshing to see a director who understands that sometimes less is more. What Burnett couldn't cut, however, were all the lousy performances. Everett Silas is fine in the lead, but almost everyone else is stiff and terrible. I also thought some of the writing was a bit sloppy. But the situations are set up well, and watching Pierce continually make such bad choices is both frustrating and endearing.
[b]E.T. (1982) - 6.5/10[/b]
Director - Steven Spielberg
Starring - Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Drew Barrymore, Robert MacNaughton, Peter Coyote.
Easily one of the most popular and most loved films of all time, [i]E.T. [/i]is a sci-fi/family film about an abandoned alien and the young boy who befriends him. [i]E.T. [/i]is far from a bad film, but I've always thought it was vastly overrated. Spielberg, as great as a director as he is, at times seems to really force his sentiment, and it's never been more evident than in this film. Plus the story (and characters) are paper thin, and some plot turns (the home invasion) just seem silly, even for a fantasy film. That said E.T. is cute enough, I just wouldn't include it among "my" favorite family films.
[b]My Brother's Wedding (1983) - 3.5/10[/b]
Director - Charles Burnett
Starring - Everett Silas, Jessie Holmes, Ronnie Bell, Gaye Shannon-Burnett, Sy Richardson.
Since I really enjoyed Burnett's [i]Killer of Sheep [/i]I decided to check out another one of his films. Well Mr. Burnett pretty much abandoned everything that made that film successful with his followup. [i]The Killer of Sheep [/i]was totally unstructured, pretty much "a day in the life" storytelling, with excellent black and white camera work. [i]My Brother's Wedding [/i]returns to the depressed Watts neighborhoods Burnett is familar with, but he uses a much more conventional plot/storyline. Considering his low budget and inexperienced actors, it just doesn't work. The story had potential, but subpar acting hurts. Also gone is his creative camera work. Using black and white helped create the depressed mood of Killer of Sheep, but his use of color (as crude as his equipment may have been) isn't very good.
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