Monsters and Men opened in Sundance this year. We tried to get tickets at the TIFF, but even with our early selection date, it was completely sold out. Fortunately, we didn’t have to wait as long to see the film. Arriving a little early gave us enough time to stop at the Magnolia Theater’s bar for Manhattans. Sonny, the bartender, made us “the best Manhattan’s we have ever had”.
We are still trying to figure out the message the movie was trying to convey. The movie has very political themes, but it is more of a “day in the life of” movie that focuses on the worst of situations rather than plant an idea of how to move forward. The story is told in three intersecting vignettes. The performances of Manny (Anthony Ramos, Hamilton) & Marisol (Jasmine Cephas Jones, Blindspotting and Hamilton), Dennis (John David Washington, Blackkklansman) & Michelle (Nicole Beharie) and Zyric (Kevin Harrison, Jr., Mudbound) & his father, Will Morris (Rob Morgan, Mudbound) are affectionate and charming in their personal interactions but we were not drawn into the movie. Some of the characters are affected emotionally and some are affected in life changing ways. The ending leaves no resolution.
We returned to the bar after the movie and were totally entertained by Sonny.
I am more fascinated by the distribution of films. This movie is only being shown at two art house theaters in the Dallas area. It is doomed to fail due to geography. We have five theaters in a convenient radius and they are all showing the same movies. I am probably wrong, but given the opportunity patrons might watch one of these smaller movies once they have seen everything else.
We believe there are better films this season that also address this issue. I don’t know if this one creates conversation or just adds fuel to the fire.
Our Rating for Monsters and Men
Official Trailer for Monsters and Men
Official Synopsis of Monsters and Men
The aftermath of a police killing of a black man, told through the eyes of the bystander who filmed the act, an African-American police officer and a high-school baseball phenom inspired to take a stand.
Monsters and Men Sundance Q & A
|Principle Cast||Anthony Ramos, Jasmine Cephas Jones, John David Washington, Nicole Beharie, Kevin Harrison, Jr., Rob Morgan|
|Director||Reinaldo Marcus Green|
|Screenwriter||Reinaldo Marcus Green|
|Editor||Scott Cummings, Justin Chan|
|Production Companies||The Department of Motion Pictures, Sight Unseen Pictures, AgX|
|Run Time||95 minutes|
|Premier||Sundance Film Festival 2018|