While I wanted to see "I Am Not Your Negro", it isn't something I necessarily would have travelled as far as I had to unless if it were for the draws of the theater showing it. And while I thought that it was a good documentary, i was not as impressed as I could have been as it fails to stand out among the rest of the social issue documentaries of the past year.
The film definitely takes an original approach to communicating not-so-original content. The blend of the manuscript with interviews with Baldwin and clips from films that serve as examples is interesting. The editing is done well, and the use of juxtaposition is excellent. The issue with the film, though, is that the commentary offered by the film isn't particularly fresh. The film has the same message offered by other films such as "13th" or "O.J.: Made in America". The manuscript voiceover is also very jumpy, switching randomly from accounts of Baldwin's childhood to accounts of the death of Malcom X. I'm not exactly sure if this is the result of the fact that the manuscript was unfinished or if it was caused by Peck re-arranging it to support his point. Regardless, this makes the film drag a bit, especially towards the end, when the film starts to repeat itself.
Overall, "I Am Not Your Negro" is an interestingly-made film, however, it does not have the most original subject matter. As such, I think that this is something that can wait for rental.
I Am Not Your Negro
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In Theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: I doubt it.
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