I was definitely happy when I found out that this film was getting a day-and-date VOD release, meaning that I wouldn't have to wait a long time to see it. The trailers for this film liked funny, but I did not expect this film to be nearly as good as it was, or else I probably would have bought it.
The film is extremely well-written. It's a fish-out-of-water, coming-of-age romantic comedy, and it works. It really is a unique entry into each of the genres, with a result that is consistently engaging and thoughtful. The characters are very well-written and relatable. Morris, the protagonist, is the everyday teenager with conflicting emotions. His father is a caring father that must choose between loose or strict discipline. Both characters are humanized by the writing very well. The film also incorporated a lot of commentary in the writing. It has a lot of commentary on the social stratification of school systems these days, including bullying and the desire for acceptance. The film also has a lot to say about art. As an artist, albeit not a rapper, I can relate to Morris's struggles to find a way to express himself artistically.
From an acting viewpoint, this film is extremely strong. Craig Robinson is great in his role, delivering comedic lines well, but also delivering the emotions required for the more heartfelt fatherly moments surprisingly well, different than many of the characters that I had seen him play before. Markees Christmas is great as the eponymous Morris, believable as the fish-out-of-water protagonist. Supporting actors, like Carla Juri and Lina Keller are also very good.
The cinematic elements of this film are also great. The film is well-thought out to give the most realistic aesthetic experience that it possibly could. The soundtrack was perfectly chosen. The cinematography was interesting and well-framed. I thought that it was very well-made.
I have to say, "Morris from America" really impressed me. The writing, acting, and almost everything else about it was great. I enjoyed it so much that I will probably end up buying it, sooner rather than later.
Morris from America
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: Digital rental.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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