I'm going to start by saying that this is one of the most unique films that I have ever seen. While watching it, I wasn't exactly sure what I thought about the film. It was only after taking some time to process it that I realized that I really liked it.
The tone of this film was extremely unique. It dealt with extremely serious topics, like gang violence, murder, and kidnapping, with a suprisingly light tone. At first, I thought it felt a little off, but then I began to think about it, and it actually worked really well. In fact, the tone can even be seen as a form of commentary. As a whole, the story is very interesting, partially resulting from very good character development. The writing manages to take a character that could potentially be very hard for the audience to relate to and makes him very likable.
The cinematography in this film is also very good. There are extremely fluid moments in the smooth parts of the story, and rougher parts in the darker parts. Additionally, the South African music is very interesting, and juxtaposes the imagery well.
I ended up really liking "Tsotsi" overall. The tone is unique, and at times weird, however, I think it works. It is a well-made film overall, with good cinematography and soundtrack choices.
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray in a class.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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