Friday, February 23, 2024

Origin (2023)

Ava DuVernay's latest  is one part narrative about the life of Isabel WIlkerson and one part lecture based on Wilkerson's book Caste. It's a film that many people called one of the best of 2023 while others called it wildly uneven.

Put me into to the group calling it uneven. 

Containing some of DuVernay's best work,in the narrative sections the film falters when the film seeks to discuss how the classes, castes and illusionary divisions we sort people into are destroying society. The problem isn't what is being said rather DuVernay doesn't blend it into the narrative well and the material comes off as speechifying  and lecturing. I wasn't engaging in a conversation with the film but was being sternly talked to and I stopped caring.

A miss.

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