A few days ago, I got the opportunity to finally catch a movie I’ve been dying to see, DOPE. Aside from all the media hype and a review from Hollywood Reporter, I didn’t know too much about the flick. Some teenage kids, obsessed with the 90s, get into Superbad-esque trouble before they graduate – a tried + true coming-of-age story.
Well, that was about 20% of this movie. Instead of serving as the main plotline throughout the story, DOPE used this as mere background noise to the bigger narrative in the movie. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but you should definitely check this movie out! This is a creative story about three ‘dorky’ kids trying to make it out of the Bottoms in Inglewood, California – but not in the way it’s normally portrayed on screen. It made me really, really ecstatic that there is another narrative, another story to be told from the ghetto that doesn’t include someone becoming weak to be strong. In this movie, Malcolm and his friends only get stronger by utilizing their environment and their intellect, together.
Plus, there’s a BADASS female character, Diggy (played by Kiersey Clemons) , who shuts down the entire movie. A$ap Rocky and Chanel Iman were perfect side players, while Quincy Brown is always that cool drink of water you need. Even Blake Anderson, who’s appearance is few and far between, delivers exceptional work as a conspiracy theorist, genius hacker, questioning the use of the N-word + other topics we often silently discuss in society.
There is an excellent social commentary about race and education in the movie that is definitely worth your time.
This movie inspired me in more ways than one. Fashion, art, the screenplay, the commentary – it touched every aspect of my mind. It always got me to wonder, why haven’t there been more movies like this? Real movies that tell a story, a real story; not about vampires, or princes, or having a fatal disease – a simple story that hits straight in your soul. Shameik Moore is brilliant in this as an outcast who’s not your typical outcast, but more like ‘The 2015 Outcast’. The entire cast does a phenomenal job if you ask me.
The style in this movie was, of course, on par! Zoe Kravitz, Quincy Brown (um, yum!), Kiersey Clemons, and Chanel Iman are only a few that encompass the entire vibe of the 90’s. While only three of the characters are ‘obsessed’ with 90’s culture, the fashion has come back with a vengeance in recent years, allowing for the other character to exhibit similar style trends.
But the best thing about this cast? Their style is just as effortless off-screen as on.
I have some fun fashion articles coming up from this, but I wanted to share my some of my inspiration first.
Now, I’m on an Indie movie binge. Go over to the Hollywood Reporter’s top indie movies for the summer.
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