Alex Wheatle: Season 4 (2020)


Season 4
Alex Wheatle

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Sheyi Cole shines in Alex Wheatle, a harrowing biopic that barely scratches the surface of a complex life, but does so with empathy and finesse.

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Critic Ratings: 43

48%

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User Ratings: 48

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Air date: Dec 11, 2020

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  • Jan 02, 2022
    This biopic in the Small Axe collection shows the youth of a YA author, suffering through the system and getting a little joy where he can, from music and community.
  • Jun 24, 2021
    Debe haber una buena razón por la que Alex Wheatle sea tan odiada y si la hay y es que realmente no hay empatía en lo que sucede y aparte de eso tampoco genera lo que se podía sentir en Lovers rock, así que es mas bien olvidable
  • Mar 02, 2021
    By far the weakest of the series. It makes the same mistake all the others in the series do. Scenes just linger on to long, I'm assuming, for artistic and dramatic eeffect. It does the opposite when it then proceeds to last 3x's longer than its welcome.
  • Feb 17, 2021
    It's pretty damned impressive what Steve McQueen and Alastair Siddons can do in just about an hour of film time. You get more growth from characters, more insight to the human experience (esp. suffering oppression, paranoia, fear but also great pure joy), and more stigmatizing action that the vast majority of films twice as long or longer. Alex Wheatle has been the least impressive of the Small Axe works so far, but then again, that's in comparison to three powerful, highly affecting movies with stunning performances and a constant sense of authenticity. That authenticity is here as well, but the story is smaller, more centered on the lead figure of Alex. Sheyi Cole is stellar as Alex; conveying hopelessness, rage, desperation and a reasoning calm with equal skill. Also very good is Jonathan Jules. 3.2 stars
  • Feb 08, 2021
    Maybe not the strong entrance of Small Axe, but Alex Weatle reflects a life of author, a brutal racism system and a journey of person to fit in. 'Alex Wheatle' is interesting because of McQueen's direction and the good soundtrack, an overall solid drama.
  • Jan 17, 2021
    This was easily my least favorite of the Small Axe films so far, but as I generally don't love biopics, I am not surprised by this. McQueen still makes the visual appeal high but unfortunately for me the content rarely had me fully engaged. I had never heard of Alex Wheatle before though and I will never complain about learning something new.
  • Jan 13, 2021
    It's not the shining star in the sky of Small Axe, but it's still good. McQueen's character development is always on point, as is his ability to build a relationship with the audience. The build up through our getting to know about Alex is solid, but there does seem to be a disjointed period when the story tracks in-and-around the Brixton riots, during which different key points seem to vie for the spotlight. It somehow left everything feeling disconnected, which is a shame. This chapter could really have done with more content to truly elevate it and strengthen the core theme
  • Dec 28, 2020
    What does not kill us making us stronger. The hardship this brother faced and overcame is an inspiration for all who have faced challenges in life. I am pleased when seeing or hearing people who have had difficult times win at the end. Great episode and music loving the sounds.
  • Dec 25, 2020
    Just amazing. It is a joke that some people rated it low because it is about racisms?
  • Dec 12, 2020
    Episode/Movie/Story #4 of Steve McQueen's fantastic Small Axe series brings us the eye-opening 'Alex Wheatle' which is a more hopeful story than the previous three and despite being set over 30 years ago it feels all too real. One can only imagine how many Wheatle stories are out there for those who didn't become famous. It's certainly doesn't have much meat on the bone, however there's a power and a strength that should be derived. Over the 66 minutes you're immersed into the myriad of feelings that our subject goes through. However, there is an overriding sense that good things are ahead. Every episode in this group is worth a watch. Each touches on a different nerve and pulls out a distinct emotion from the viewer. Final Score: 9/10

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