The Carter Reviews
The film begins with montages of Wayne recording songs in his tour bus and hotel room, places that only HE manages to make music in. It's safe to say that, along with Wayne himself, his manager Cortez Bryant is the "narrator" of the film, sharing his opinions and love for the artist through interviews and footage of his constant phone-calling and dollar sign negotiations.
The film is very "Tyson"-esque in the sense that you are brought into the mind of this bizarre individual by the individual himself. When asked the question "What would you do if you were President?", he answers "I would put cocaine back into Coca-Cola, I would legalize marijuana first AND second. Then I would eliminate all drug-use laws in sports: if you wanna take steroids, that's cool with me...as long as you playin' good." You can't help but laugh at the sheer foolishness of the man's comments, however Wayne has no shame in being downright immature; this is HIS world that he's explaining. We just all live in it.
As "The Carter" dives into his self-destruction drug addictions, we see a darker side of the artist, a side that his manager barely even comments on for he is "too heartbroken to see him like that." Once again, no one in Wayne's extensive clique of assistants and errand-runners support or enjoy his addiction...and he doesn't expect them too. "Who gives a f--k what I'm drinking or what I do or what's in my cup? It's in MY cup!" This is practically common sense to Lil Wayne, confused as to why everyone cares what he does. He's going to do it either way, whether we like it or not. We might as well all just accept it now.
The film doesn't shove anything in your face or add unnecessary melodrama. It doesn't portray the addicted martian-like rapper as an icon or role model whatsoever. It simply takes you for a ride into the world and mentality of Lil Wayne, such a bizarre, conceited, and uncomfortable place that it is ultimately somewhat of a wonder. This film exposes us to the real Lil Wayne, one of the most interesting characters ever put on video.
However, if you are not a fan of Weezy, then I do not recommend this.
I must admit to being disappointed by this documentary, because it is more of a public service announcement than it is a delving into the life of a rap icon. The first ten minutes of the film (which were released on youtube as a promo) gave the impression that the method of dissecting the life of Mr. Dwayne Carter would be through interviews that correlate to his lyrics. An especially effective scene is the use of lil Waynes' song LaLa to describe his tough early life on the streets of Hollygrove, New Orleans. However, director Adam Bhala Lough seems to abandon this method as the film progresses. Switching to a darker style that makes Lil Wayne appear to be almost inhuman at times, hopelessly trapped in his drug use.
It must be noted that Wayne does not support the release of the film. He appears a man who will never cry for help himself, but this documentary seems to be doing it on his behalf. Although his lifestyle appears reckless, this is a biased film, only highlighting the most extreme parts of his world. Instead of seeing a Dwayne Carter who is a lyrical genius and self proclaimed voice of a generation, we see a miserable, mumbling, drug addict. If this is truly the case, and lil Wayne is actually this decimated by his choices, than maybe it is time for some rehab. The carter is worth seeing if you are an avid fan or even curious about lil Wayne. The actually quality of the documentary however, is poor at times, and the bias is unhidden.