Short Term 12 – **(*)

Posted: January 12, 2017 in 2013, Drama, Social Drama, USA, XX1/2
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So far, every single performance of Keith Stanfield stands out. That’s the case in Atlanta, Selma, Dope, Miles Ahead, Straight Outta Compton, .. They are always just small parts in bigger movies/series, but when the end credits roll you always think about that lean black guy who steals the show by just being truthful and realistic. Maybe that’s just what his career will be like. Somewhere in between an extra and a supporting actor, but if he always delivers, it’s not such a bad career path. There are seven movies coming out in 2017 that have him on the credits! And he’s the lead in one of them (Crown Heights). Plus he’s an interesting poet rapper and he has swag! Best dressed guy at the Golden Globes and stuff. This man is the future!

Short Term 12 is his debut movie. He reprises the same role he played in a short movie five years earlier. He plays a troubled teen who fears the idea of leaving the group home he’s been at for several years as he has to go live on his own once he’s 18. He’s not the main character, but the few scenes he’s in are quite impressive. The rap his character creates and performs is written by the actor himself and is very powerful.

The movie focuses more on Grace, who works at the group home as a buddy to the troubled kids. It soon becomes clear that she as well has survived a troubled past, which comes back when the group home takes in a new girl who’s being abused by her dad.

For the first half of the movie, everything is quite realistic and the performances by the kids and young adults are great and believable. It’s Brie Larsson’s perfect performance of Grace that landed her the award winning part in Room. But by the end the semi-documentary style changes into fiction with one particular baseball bat scene that screams ‘drama’ a bit too loud. And an ending that makes American indie movies just as corny as Hollywood movies.

The best moments are the rap that Keith’s character performs about his abusive mother and the octopus/shark story told by the new kid’s character. A bit more of that and it would have been an even better movie.

The short movie is ok. But it’s not worth its 1.99 dollars on iTunes. The acting isn’t as impressive, but Keith’s in it for a few brief moments and delivers, yes, again.

This entry reads like an ode to Lakeith Lee Stanfield!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2370248

 

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