Friday, December 23, 2016

Fruitvale Station (2013)

IMDb plot summary: The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.
Directed by Ryan Coogler. Starring Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer, and Kevin Durand.

(Very minor spoilers ahead.)

This movie is heartbreaking. It does a great job of showing us this character and his attempts to get his life back together and his increasing frustration that nothing seems to be helping. It's a movie that I'm actually having a tough time writing about because while I thought it was great, it's apparently one I don't have a lot of articulate thoughts about. The acting and writing were both excellent (especially Michael B. Jordan's performance), without any moments that stuck out as being unnatural, which is refreshing for me from a drama. Well worth a watch.

4 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Fruitvale Station > Quills
Fruitvale Station > Finder's Fee
Fruitvale Station < Kramer vs. Kramer
Fruitvale Station < Repulsion
Fruitvale Station < Billy Elliot the Musical Live
Fruitvale Station > Inherit the Wind
Fruitvale Station < Shall We Dance? (1996)
Fruitvale Station < The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Fruitvale Station < Tickled
Fruitvale Station < Night Must Fall
Fruitvale Station > Sleeping with Other People

Final spot: #596 out of 2552.

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