'Above the Rim' plays like a R-rated family film, in both the positive and negative senses that implies.
The script's often corny, contrived, and packed to the brim with metaphors, but what's going on thematically in 'Above the Rim' is engaging, solid stuff. This chess game of destiny involving three very different men/men-in-training emphasizes the insurmountable power of choice and how dramatically perspective shifts when establishing our role models, no matter what hand life has dealt you.
Tupac's performances continue to be thoughtful standouts for me and the hard-hitting "big game" at the end delivers, thank God.
My first theater experience in 13 months. I don't know if my tears were flowing because of that fact or because of this gorgeous film. Oh wait that's right, it was both.
As lush and soothing as a brook in spring. I look forward to letting 'Minari' wash over me again.
For a moviegoer familiar with MK, but not super attached to its lore, this reboot gets the job done. It's obvious when characters are being tagged in as mere fan service (hellooooo, Goro) and, for a series reboot, the world feels slightly under-explored (and that arcana be fickle).
Simon McQuoid still makes gory good use of the heightened production value and I'm definitely on board for another round.