Yardie Reviews

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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.
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 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.
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 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
The film is saddled with an extraneous narration that mercilessly distracts the viewer.
March 14, 2019
Elba has put all the parts together and has given the film its necessary edge of danger, but somehow, the story is at loose ends.
March 14, 2019
Headley's book is a hard nugget crackling with urgency. This feels like soft-boiled pulp.
March 14, 2019
Elba brings care to the film's performances, period look and musical elements. But the freeze frames, needless voice-over bits and stalled narrative momentum undercut the picture's potential power and uniqueness.
March 13, 2019
Elba is undercut by a mediocre script, dulling his otherwise solid filmmaking style. It weighs him down and prevents this from being a success.
March 12, 2019
Elba has a nice day job acting and he ought to stick with it.
March 11, 2019
There wouldn't be a long list of "ifs," had Yardie been stripped down to its core.
March 9, 2019
The film's tendency to break the "show, don't tell" directive becomes especially irksome in its homestretch.
February 12, 2019
It all gets a little lost in (non)translation, which made the experience a tad frustrating, and I think sub-titles would have gone a long way in making the experience more enjoyable.
February 8, 2019
Unfortunately, the film suffers from a lack of confidence in its story and its performances, leaving it overly reliant on lead character D's own narration.
December 21, 2018
This messy, disjointed film marks the directorial debut of Idris Elba and it gives me little pleasure to state that he should stick to working in front of the camera instead of behind it.
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