Blue Story Reviews

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May 20, 2020
If the theme of Blue Story is the perpetuating and destructive cycle of revenge, it does well in convincing the power of its poison.
May 16, 2020
A theatrical, rap-infused standard-issue issue melodrama [that's also vaguely] reminiscent of classic '30s gangster films.
May 16, 2020
Although its narrative features the universal underpinnings of Shakespearean tragedy, the well-performed but familiar through line, developed from Rapman's previous YouTube series, is often a bit too on-the-nose.
May 8, 2020
Blue Story's ambitions therefore far outweigh its minor faults. And with this execution and knack for artistic flare, Rapman may be a talent to watch out for in the future.
May 8, 2020
Love, loss, family and friendship ferociously collide, without distracting us from either its fun or energy. It's a balancing act only a rapper could pull off.
May 8, 2020
Blue Story can be messy in stretches, but it's undeniably passionate and carried by its simple, yet effective, and sometimes lyrical storytelling.
May 8, 2020
A timeless, even old-fashioned cautionary tale; one that resonates the same whether you're a Jet or a Shark or just a kid on the other side of the Atlantic, trying to make it out of this world alive.
May 7, 2020
Blue Story, at its essence, is a narrative you've seen before. But Onwubolu vests it with firecracker energy-the pace never drags, even when you think you know what's going to happen next.
May 6, 2020
A natural and spontaneous feel is accentuated by the foot-thumping musical score by Jonathon Deering. Also, characters sing or rap in-between dramatic scenes with lyrics that augment feelings and plot points. Call it "rap narration."
May 6, 2020
An almost-Shakespearean coming-of-age story set against an authentic urban landscape.
May 6, 2020
It's a Shakespearean rhapsody in indigo where love, friendship, betrayal and revenge swirl and blur with life-changing consequences.
May 6, 2020
Rapman's gritty and provocative feature debut provides a fresh setting for its otherwise familiar coming-of-age urban drama.
May 5, 2020
The film has a powerful sense of place, with details that feel authentic and, in some cases, lived through.
May 5, 2020
Aside from these compelling young actors, the success here is the fresh and original voice of Rapman, who has said "Blue Story" is largely based on his own life...
May 5, 2020
If you want a blast of pure nitro in your pandemic viewing, start streaming this standout first feature from rapper-director-actor Andrew Onwubolu, a.k.a. Rapman, who uses hip-hop beats to bring mythic weight to this British youth-gang drama
May 4, 2020
Rough-hewn but bursting with urgency.
May 4, 2020
It may be rough around the edges and a bit shallow at times, but no one can deny its passion.
May 4, 2020
Blue Story doesn't reinvent the wheel when it comes to films about turf wars, but its personal, humanizing themes about friendship, love, youth, and black masculinity keeps you riveted, Onwubolu's lyrical respites aside.
May 1, 2020
Blue Story is a powerful and important British drama that truly packs an emotional punch, highlighting the needless tragedy and consequences of gang culture.
April 15, 2020
A lyrical, moving and unflinching film that lays bare the terrifying, tightening pull of gang culture on teenage boys.
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