Angel’s Review of ‘Dope’ (No Spoilers)

Movie Description: 

“Life changes for Malcolm, a geek who’s surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure.”




I’ve been looking forward to this film ever since I read the entire script when auditioning for the two lead roles. I managed to get to the final callbacks and unfortunately did not make it. The script was great to read because it felt so fresh. This film got a lot of praise and unfortunately I missed viewing it in theaters! I finally got the chance to view it on Netflix yesterday so here we go.

I absolutely loved the style of this film. It was witty, fresh, and so colorful. The details of wardrobe and props really impressed me. It gave the film personality which was awesome. The style was dope!

The music also added personality, probably the most personality to the movie. The songs were cleverly implemented within each scene and elevated the fun/entertainment.

I loved the message that I interpreted from my experience. What I got from it was that people shouldn’t define others based off of where they came from or who they surrounded themselves with, define them based on their moralities and choices they wish to embrace.

This film had several funny moments. I did find myself laughing from time to time, but some sequences were pointless. They would insert humor, but it had nothing to do with the story so although it could be funny at times, ultimately it was distracting.

I liked the characters, I didn’t love them. I really thought they would be really enjoyable to watch. For me, great characters are the ones I want to continue a journey with. By the end of the movie, I didn’t feel the need to see what was in store for them next. The actors gave good performances, nothing outstanding, just good. Personally, I felt that Tony Revolori (Jib) was miscast. He was outstanding in The Grand Budapest Hotel, but felt really out of place in this film. I got this sense of misplacement from the chemistry with the other two leads. They are all supposed to be best friends, but I never got that feeling they were close companions. That relationship is extremely important and a vital factor to carry this film which I didn’t really feel.

The story was interesting! It was a great way to help me understand who the main characters were. What choices will they make under these circumstances and will they stay true to who they are? There were moments I felt confused and didn’t understand why they handled the situations they way they did. I didn’t really understand until the end, but that was fine.

I really couldn’t buy into the whole chemistry between the main character and “love” interest because they would diminish it with sequences of his lust for other women. Therefore, I didn’t care about their romantic appeal. There was also more development for minor characters than the characters we needed to know more about. I knew more about Blake’s (Workaholics) character than I did for the two best friends and he was in the film for probably ten minutes. Some of the important characters had minor development which made me care less about the interactions and outcomes situated with them.

Honestly, I felt the third act was sloppy. It made the story hard to follow and I began to lose certain interests with parts of the story they tried to build on in the other acts. I was never intimidated by the threat they introduced; the head supplier of the drugs. I thought it was very easy to outsmart him right away considering his occupation; which took the main character the entire film to figure out.

Overall, this movie was a nice watch. The film was less than I expected, but I wasn’t disappointed. I just didn’t think it was as dope as it could have been. I really anticipated this film, I wanted to love it so much! I loved the style, music, and message. Stay true to who you are no matter what, don’t let others define you. Define yourself with choices you can make for the better. My rating for this film is 7/10! 

2 responses to “Angel’s Review of ‘Dope’ (No Spoilers)

  1. Good review. Too bad you didn’t like it more. I loved the lead, Shameik Moore. I’m anticipating his next role. Actually, I really dug our trio’s chemistry. I agree the style and message were awesome. I liked the comedy too. The mix of comedy, drama, character, and emotion (plus nerds) gave this a John Hughes vibe. Thanks for highlighting indie cinema. Dope was one of my favs last year. Better luck, next audition.

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