Yardie Reviews

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November 11, 2019
[Idris] Elba isn't afraid to keep it real when it comes to visualising D's slow descent to darkness, transitioning from colourful Kingston to run-down, gritty London.
September 24, 2019
Fairly routine... I wish the ethnic aspects of this film had come to the fore more and that they had played down the druggie stuff that we had already seen a million times.
September 17, 2019
I may not be rushing to watch Yardie again but I will be tuning to this soundtrack again and again.
June 18, 2019
Although the story won't stick with you, Yardie is inspired visually, and worth watching for Elba's vivid direction.
June 10, 2019
It makes for great viewing and absolutely worth the time spent on it. This feature film debut for Idris goes to show that he indeed has some promise...
May 24, 2019
This flawed, yet enjoyable genre flick might make for an uninspiring crime drama, but as an opportunity to explore how central sound system culture was to West Indian communities throughout the UK, it's unbeatable.
May 21, 2019
It feels uncertain whether it wants commit to being a crime-comedy or a sensitive family drama about loss and identity.
April 18, 2019
The story is a crowd-pleaser, even if it is predictable, and will leave audiences with a nice little taste of Jamaican culture.
April 3, 2019
The pace editor Justine Wrights sets keeps the action clipping along, with some striking cross cutting. And yet, over all, Yardie feels for all the world like a familiar ride to nowhere new.
April 1, 2019
The result is a film with promise but one that doesn't live up to its cult film potential.
March 30, 2019
A skillful and promising debut from Elba, who knows how to make his world feel alive and make his characters feel unique.
March 25, 2019
Like directorial talent, on-screen charisma is not a thing you can teach. You either have it, or you do not.
March 21, 2019
Ultimately the movie aspires to tragedy, but the flimsy story doesn't support that kind of dramatic weight.
March 21, 2019
A gritty tale of survival slightly marred by a tendency to telegraph its punches.
March 18, 2019
While Yardie won't garner Elba the auspicious notice of a Gone Baby Gone or A Star Is Born, the multi-talented performer certainly acquits himself.
March 16, 2019
The music and cultural elements are striking. Idris Elba vividly depicts ghetto life in the two countries. The faults lie in persistent narration, an uneven script, and a clumsy third act.
March 16, 2019
Solid acting and an appealing reggae soundtrack can't overcome an uneven screenplay burdened by gangster clichés.
March 15, 2019
The acting is decent, the cinematography is well executed, and the music is on point, but the delivery and the tone are completely mismatched.
March 15, 2019
The feature directing debut of Idris Elba, this crime drama is rich in atmosphere but sadly weak in the storytelling department. Its scenario is riddled with lazy coincidences and passive behavior.
March 15, 2019
What sets Elba's movie apart is the distinctive world he creates, in the rhythm of the music, in the raw, gritty poetry of the language, and in the powerful mythology it mines.
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