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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
March 15, 2019
While "Yardie" hits familiar beats, viewers get the sense they're on Elba's turf.
March 15, 2019
A revenge tale at its core, "Yardie" is a film in a hurry to end. But early moments in Kingston show intense actor turned director Elba's potential behind the camera.
March 15, 2019
"Yardie" is skilled work from Elba, who's eager to make an impression, loading the feature up with violent confrontations and revenge scenarios motivated by abyssal pain.
March 14, 2019
Yardie is a sprawling drug-world saga, but whatever narrative flaws it has are helped out by an infectious selection of dub-heavy reggae tracks and an authentically gritty sense of period and place.
March 14, 2019
The committed performances and unique setting are wasted on a rather predictable revenge plot.
March 14, 2019
Yardie is a solid directorial debut from Elba, a crime drama that features shades of City of God and The Harder They Come.
March 14, 2019
Yardie is a ripping classic gangster tale done right, but that's only part of the appeal. It goes beyond the narrative into full cultural immersion with music as the window into a time and place.
March 14, 2019
Elba grew up in Hackney, and also worked as a D.J., and his familiarity with the community is visible in the movie's evocation of a tumultuous world suffused with lowlife scheming and thumping tunes.
March 12, 2019
The chances taken by Yardie compensate for the weakness resulting from a derivative story.
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