Monday, June 10, 2019

See You Yesterday (2019)

Movie Name/Year: See You Yesterday (2019)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Length: 84 minutes
Rating: TV-MA
Production/Distribution: 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Netflix
Director: Stefon Bristol
Writer: Fredrica Bailey, Stefon Bristol
Actors: Eden Duncan-Smith, Dante Crichlow, Astro, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Johnathan Nieves, Michael J. Fox, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Wavyy Jonez, Carlos Arce Jr., Patrice Bell, Khail Bryant, Waliek Crandall

Blurb from IMDb: Best friends CJ and Sebastian build a pair of time machines and use them in order to save the life of CJ's brother.

Selina’s Point of View:
This movie got real, very quick.

The down side to not watching a trailer, or reading a blurb, is that I have nothing to build my expectations on except the movie poster and whatever thirty-second clip Netflix chooses to show me. In this case, I went into See You Yesterday thinking it was going to be a vastly different film.

Just from the art, I thought this movie was going to be a light hearted YA look at time travel. No, I didn’t see the MPAA rating before-hand. It didn’t help that there’s a cute cameo very early on that made me think it might go the route of an old 80s time-travel flick.

It wasn’t long before I realized I was in for a hardcore metaphorical drama. The sci-fi was only a spin used to tell the tale.

What I wound up watching was incredible. The story was so tight, but on a second watch-through I caught all these meanings and camera movements that were meant to alter my perspective. I started theorizing about several scenes – not unlike the way I would at the end of most of my favorites.

See You Yesterday explores racial struggles, while staying true to the feel of growing up in Brooklyn.

Eden Duncan-Smith (Steps, Meadowland, Annie) was a goddess. She embodied her character so completely that I would still have trouble believing that CJ isn’t just who she is. The rest of the actors were perfect for their roles, but Duncan-Smith was truly a stand-out. I want to see a lot more of her.

Not only is the film amazing in general, but it’s rewatchable. With each viewing something else stands out.

I don’t want to say too much about the subject matter, because I don’t like to spoil things, but I have to say that as much as I loved this movie, it’s a shame that there was a story to tell to begin with. It shines a harsh light on some terrifying realities of our time, and I wish people didn’t have to worry about those things anymore. This movie hits so hard because – without the time travel – it’s believable.

See You Tomorrow is one of my new favorites. I will be revisiting it quite a bit.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 94%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – None
Metascore – 74/100
Metacritic User Score – 4.8/10
IMDB Score – 4.9/10
CinemaScore – None

Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating – 5/5

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