'The Last Black Man in San Francisco'
(Danny Glover, Tichina Arnold, Rob Morgan, et al / Blu-ray + Digital / R / 2019 / LGF)
Overview: After Jimmie enlists his best friend Mont to help reclaim the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco, they begin a search for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind.
A wistful odyssey populated by skaters, squatters, street preachers, playwrights, and other locals on the margins, 'The Last Black Man in San Francisco' is a poignant and sweeping story of hometowns and how they’re made — and kept alive — by the people who love them.
Blu-ray Verdict: Telling it like it is, 'The Last Black Man in San Francisco' is by far one of the most stunningly beautiful films I have ever seen.
The masterful work of cinematographer Adam Newport-Berra is a monument for modern filmmaking. This tale of longing, love, and hate, captures the complexity and mercilessness of displacement.
The performances from the likes of Tichina Arnold and Danny Glover stand out, sure, but all the cast have incredibly solid supporting roles for the two leads, Jimmie Fails and Jonathan Majors.
Indeed, Majors presents one of the most intricate and delicate performances of this year, as Montgomery Allen and Jimmie Falls as the lead is also astounding, playing a version of himself in the film.
With regard the cinematography, all the poeticism of this piece is carried by its enthralling, detailed and ornate visuals. Its use of color, composition and light far surpass the rest of the major films from this year, and to an extent most films from this decade.
So, if you are still a wee bit unknowing of what to expect to find here with these 121 minutes, well, and simply put, this is a heartwarming tale about a man and his family who have been affected by gentrification.
It is difficult to explain the mental effects of gentrification, many people just see a developing community in terms of dollars and cents. As someone who lives in a gentrified area which is also a huge tourist city (DC area), the impact from gentrification extends generations.
This story shows how gentrification affects a person, affects a family and a community. It shows differences between those who were originally there and the gentrifers, small conversations between characters and family members show how families have been fractured and people changed forever.
In closing, this loving and sensitive portrait of San Francisco is authentic, sobering and luscious. From its quasi-wildlife portraits of people in the city, to its sweeping camera pans, this film is an augury of the future of filmmaking. I encourage everyone to see this quite stunning, wondrous and enthralling new film out now from Lionsgate Films. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.66:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
'The Last Black Man in San Francisco' Blu-ray+Digital and DVD will include an Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Joe Talbot and the "Ode to the City: Finding The Last Black Man in San Francisco" featurette and will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
Official 'The Last Black Man in San Francisco' Trailer