Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Dear White People s1

A film developed into a TV series is not a particularly promising concept, and one that I would certainly never have watched had it not been writer & director Justin Simian himself who was in charge of the show. And even so, it took me some time to get around to it. 
I am, as I may tend to repeat a tad too often, extremely suspicious to all sorts of adaptations.

But what do you know?! Turns out that rule, too, has exceptions! Or at least this one!
Somehow, Simian's brilliant film has become a brilliant series. It's still clever, political, risqué, thought-provoking and occasionally rather provocative. And as if that wasn't enough, it also daringly plays with narrative voices, perspective and timeline, which is a stunning performance, really, in modest 30-minute episodes.

It's still about racial tension on an Ivy league campus. And homosexuality, outsidership, love, ambition and a lot of other things.


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