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March 1, 2016
The patois is strong with this one
May 13, 2014
The attention to detail in the script and character of the late 70's politicised Jamaicans makes this an intense watch, although the use of English subtitles for an English language film does detract somewhat, but is also necessary in some instance given the dialogue and accents are deep. The story is somewhat convoluted though.
May 10, 2014
The film Better Mus' Come (2010) by filmmaker Storm centres on one of two different gangs used by rival political leaders in 1970s Jamaica at the height of the Cold War as experienced in Latin American and Caribbean nations. The film is in the league of Hector Babenco's Pixote, concentrating as it does on the milieu and ambiences of the young in a world in which mature responsibility has broken down or is totally absent, a comment perhaps on the relative youth of the New World on the other side of the Atlantic. There are no sages.
The film is more inclined ideologically to take the position of the Latino-type leader who roots for a Castroesque solution to the plight of the island's black population, over and above the position of the black leader, who is a sort of CIA pig more convinced of his opposition to communism than is he is interested in the broader advancement of his people's history-in-the-making. Both leaders are convincing representations of the local manifestation of the politics they stand for.
Snapshots are seen being taken of gang members on podiums, with the suggestion that these photographs contribute to dossiers compiled by covert operatives on either side. Much of the film is shot through with this wider sense of geopolitical arsenic and drama, and it is this geopolitical aspect that raises the topic of the film beyond the mere tedium of another testosterone histrionic.
Construction and the construction industry constitute the axis around which the thematic of corruption is woven, whilst all the boys inhabit rusty townships where women try to keep the sheets clean. The sets are excellent and schematic; the view of Jamaica one sees is one of rubble, iron reinforcements to concrete under construction, and barely tarmacked roads weaving through degraded shantytown hovels.
The filmmaker is a Latino-type Caribbean (!), and his depiction of women suffers from a very male schism: the ideal carer versus the erotic flirt. The former escapes from the shanty town as mother to the lead's son in the boot of a car; the lead's paramour is raped and murdered by a runt with half his leg missing. At this point our concerns waver; are we to see this animal as a subject for the better future dreamed of by the Castroesque political leader - a limit point in the story told; or are we to see the young woman's horrific death as arising out of a ditsy fairyness that finds its fatal plot justification in the margin of treachery between her and the more circumspect and spiritual young mother? No-one would wish on anyone the destinies met by this lithe bodied beauty and this one legged runt, in the first case for the safeguarding of a certain aristocratic wilfulness in young women, in the second for the safeguarding of the same again but from the negative perspective of those who would assault it.
The woman who dies is 'from the other side' of the political divide - the anti-Castro wing. Her haughty vociferation of values half way through the film contrasts strongly with the political pigs who represent that wing at the hustings and in commerce. The young woman's lover, the male lead, is assassinated by authoritarians who are nuanced by their will to see everything straight and ship shape, with all the echoes of right-wing military regimes that this entails. Neither this government-within-government nor the police force really comes off badly as far as character representation is concerned, and we would be hard-pressed in the analysis provided by this film to read the military chief as anything other than right-wing.
The male lead, shot crossing a barren-banked estuary, descends through the water in a quasi-triumphant swim towards the light of a future death, donning swirling iconic rasta locks as he does so. A comment on Rastafarianism gone mad, dreads as the self-enveloping signature of a rebel with nothing but an empty invention - to substitute the dual strengths of a history and tradition of one's own? Quite likely, since his final moments contrast heavily with the authentic Rasta represented in the film, whose role as educator of children and whose purity of lifestyle have all the hallmarks of a distilled fledgling religion. The film actually seems to be saying this: but this Rasta is shot in the face at point blank range. He appears to be one of only two characters in the film capable of showing agency when it comes to protecting children and the weaker sex.
The hero is given a Shelley-esque end: lying shot and lapped by water on the estuary shore, in an ever-widening spill of swirling blood.
May 10, 2014
wow ummmm just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch,......its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie......i think that sheldon shepherd, nicole sky grey, duane pusey, everaldo cleary, ricardo orgill, play good roles/parts thorughout this movie.......i think that the director of this drama movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie.......i think that this is such a really powerful drama movie i think that this is such a really sad movie 2 watch,.......its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie.......i think that this is such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch........i think that this is such a really well written/acted/directed movie 2 watch i think that this is such a really sad movie 2 watch but i think that this is such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch........i think that this is a great debut movie 2 watch its such a great movie 2 watch........i think that duane pusey was good throughout this movie........i think that this is such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch it is a really sad movie 2 watch its got a good cast throughout this movie.......i think that this is such a really sad movie 2 watch i think that this is such a really sad movie 2 watch its got a great cast throughout this movie i think that this is such a really sad movie 2 watch but its such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch with a great cast throughout this movie.......
November 17, 2013
I would watch this everyday loving the movie
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