Small Axe: Red, White and Blue Reviews

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November 20, 2020
John Boyega, known for the most recent Star Wars trilogy, gives a genuinely star-making performance here...
November 20, 2020
At a mere 80 minutes, the script by McQueen and Newland feels amazingly full...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 7, 2020
McQueen's eagle eye for the telling details of ordinary life is one of the great pleasures of the Small Axe project so far: here it's the wary intensity of the central father-son relationship.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 7, 2020
McQueen delivers every sequence with urgency. It's quite the achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 7, 2020
A compelling story of admirable perseverance, even if it ends up being a rather predictable one.
October 4, 2020
Boyega's excellent portrayal is painfully human at all times, forcing you to wonder if his desperate urge to foster change is a futile endeavor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 4, 2020
While Steve McQueen's five-film anthology "Small Axe" presents a collage of complementary stories from London's West Indian community, "Red, White and Blue" plays like a breaking point.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 4, 2020
It's caught in the moment we're in, when hope waltzes with despair and the only thing that's real is the struggle.
October 4, 2020
It's hard to think of a more reflective and candidly philosophical film for this moment of widespread malaise, distrust and darkness.
October 4, 2020
A stunning reflection on race, policing and the drive to make a difference.
October 4, 2020
Boyega takes his career to the next level with a heroic and even tragic portrayal of Logan. For me, it's a performance comparable to Al Pacino in Serpico.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 4, 2020
While this entry in the series isn't as sensual and evocative as "Lovers Rock" or as stirring as "Mangrove," it's nonetheless a fascinating take on the outsider-cop story.