Blue Story Reviews

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February 24, 2021
For a big screen directing debut, "Blue Story" is pretty accomplished.
February 24, 2021
It's a vital story about contemporary London.
February 24, 2021
The emphatic style can be repetitive, but it's confident work that crucially doesn't condescend to the youth audience best placed to receive its sobering pacifist message.
February 24, 2021
A moving, urgent, energetic drama inspired by south London's postcode gang rivalries.
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
It's a Shakespearean rhapsody in indigo where love, friendship, betrayal and revenge swirl and blur with life-changing consequences.
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.
April 2, 2020
"Blue Story" is very much a blast of something present tense. Rapman's scenes boil over with life, as he crafts an opera of innocence infected by gangsta pathology.
December 2, 2019
Needless to say, Blue Story is also funny, authentic and entertaining.
November 25, 2019
Delivering a crime drama with a familiar narrative structure, [Onwubolu] nonetheless invigorates the material...
November 25, 2019
I've often wondered what would happen if low-budget "hood" movies were made at scale; the clarity, energy and rhythm of Onwubolu's storytelling make the case for it.
November 22, 2019
An assured and capably performed morality play.
November 21, 2019
The musical interludes in which Rapman narrates significant plot points offer a welcome change of pace, but the subject matter at play here is a little too common to truly stand out from the pack.
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