Shareka Epps is magnificent.
I was so looking forward to watching this DVD.
It was the first one that I Netflixed when I reactivated my
account last month.
I'm was juiced. I had the Trader Joes 2 buck chuck, wasabi snacks
and carmel pop corn cracking, ready to go.
So I am watching it, for ten minutes, and wondering why they are focusing
on Ryan Gosling's crack head teacher character.
Then I realized I realized that while the
story had a ton of potential, it went wrong horribly wrong?
The fact that the first 20 minutes of the movie focused on
the teacher, his crack problem, the problem with his love,
made Shareka's life look secondary.
How are you going to make a black teenage girl,
her white teacher's moral compass.
It was like, he had fallen and she was his redemption.
That sh*t is so codependent I don't know that to say.
It reminds me of all of those movies where either the Black
students are saved by the do good "liberal" teacher or
a Morgan Freeman movie where he is playing god.
Two extreme sides of the same codependent coin.
Have you seen Half Nelson?
Am I being harsh?
Do you pay attention to the screen time
and order in which individual stories
are told in a movie?