I don't know much about the lowrider counterculture, however, the trailers for "Lowriders" made it look like an interesting enough family drama, so I decided to give it a shot, and I'm happy that I did.
At the heart of the film was a formulaic family melodrama. It was enjoyable enough, but it wasn't revolutionary in any way. What made the film get into the more profound levels of writing was when the layers started getting added on. The statements about cultural identity are really important to the film, and represent a culture that is tragically underrepresented in cinema. The film also makes a lot of important statements about art, which makes it so much more interesting. Without this commentary, the film just would have been average, but by including it, the film is actually pretty good.
The cinematography of the film has a very gritty, realistic feel to it, which works sometimes and fails at others. There are a few times at which the camera is just too shaky and drew me out of the film. Other times, the documentary-like feel of the film made the dialogue feel a lot more naturalistic. The production design is really interesting, with some really beautiful cars. Additionally, the film's color scheme and art style make it feel like it is paying homage to a different time, which creates an interesting tone. The acting in the film was actually my favorite part. Demián Bichir and Theo Rossi both deliver excellent performances, each showing a diverse range of emotion and serving to develop the characters in their own ways.
Overall, I really liked "Lowriders". It isn't a revolutionary film, but it is entertaining, and it represents a sometimes underseen culture. If it ends up expanding, it is definitely worth it to give it a shot.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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