Movie Review: The Obituary of Tunde Johnson 2019
The Obituary of Tunde Johnson is a gripping and emotionally-charged movie that leaves a lasting impact on its viewers. The film tackles sensitive and pertinent topics like police brutality, racism, and homophobia in a poignant way that is sure to stir up deep emotions within anyone who watches it.
The plot follows the protagonist, Tunde Johnson (played by Steven Silver), a wealthy Nigerian-American teenager who finds himself in an endless loop of reliving the same day every time he dies. This supernatural element adds an extra layer of depth to the already complex storyline. Through his many lives, Tunde encounters different challenges that test his limits and push him to question his identity, sexuality, and place in society.
Steven Silver’s portrayal of Tunde is nothing short of impressive. He brings life to the character with an authentic performance that captures both his vulnerability and resilience. The supporting cast also delivers strong performances – Spencer Neville as Soren expertly portrays the conflict between friendship and fear while Sammi Rotibi as Ade delivers a powerful message about what it means to be Black in America.
Director Ali LeRoi masterfully handles several difficult themes with sensitivity and care. The movie allows viewers to see things from different perspectives – from those who suffer through police brutality daily to those privileged enough not to bear witness but unwillingly watch it happen around them.
The score by Jason Benjamin elegantly enhances each moment with dramatic or delicate touches when necessary without ever feeling intrusive. Cinematographer Tommy Maddox-Upshaw’s visual style captures both beauty and bleakness at once which puts you in every scene alongside all characters working hard not only for your eyes’ pleasure but also for authenticity.
One major issue I had was with some editing choices – particularly during pivotal moments where scenes abruptly transitioned or cut too quickly without much context or explanation given which left me confused at times.
Overall though, The Obituary of Tunde Johnson tells an important story about the perils of living in a society where racism, homophobia, and police brutality flourish. The film does an excellent job of humanizing characters that are too often seen only as statistics or political talking points. It is a must-watch for anyone looking for a movie that will leave them feeling moved and inspired while still reminding us all that we need to work harder to ensure justice and equality for all people alike.
Release : 2019-09-08
Genre : Drama, Thriller
Runtime : 104
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Company : Zgreen Entertainment, Jason Shuman Productions, Marginal Mediaworks
Cast : Steven Silver as Tunde Johnson, Spencer Neville as Soren O’Connor, Nicola Peltz Beckham as Marley Meyers, David James Elliott as Alfred O’Connor, Joey Pollari as Charlie Laveyen
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