100 Streets – *(*)

Posted: August 10, 2017 in 2016, Drama, UK, X1/2
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Idris Elba is an intriguing celebrity. He’s both arrogant and down-to-earth at the same time. He’s both hot and cool. He’s an eloquent speaker, yet has street credibility. He’s very versatile. He does a bit of everything. He’s a model, a dj, a fighter and predominantly an actor.

Yet, he’s not such a good actor. He’s always Idris Elba. For years they are assuming he will be the next Bond, but he’ll never be Bond. He’ll be Elba, Idris Elba.

There’s a new movie out in theaters that has him in a starring role (Dark Tower). In fact, there seems to be a movie out with him every two months or so. But somehow, he’s not really a movie star. He’s not a Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Will Smith kind of star.

So, to call this 100 Streets a Idris Elba movie, is weird. In fact, it’s misleading. The real star of this movie is Franz Drameh. His character is much more prominent in the story and his acting skills surpass those of Elba. This should be called a Franz Drameh film and the trailer should be focussing on this story.

The trailer is very much misleading. This is not just a movie about a rugby player who cheats on his wife, then wants her back, takes drugs and goes berserk swinging a gun in public. It’s also a movie about a taxi driver whose hooligan past damages the adoption process he’s in and who causes a terrible accident. It’s also a movie about a rugby wife falling for a photographer after her husband cheated on her. But most of all it’s about a young, drug dealing kid from the block who wants to quit the criminal life and aspires to be a poet. That should be in the trailer! But that’s too much information. And that’s exactly what’s wrong with this movie: there are too many stories. And they only briefly intertwine. Crash it is not.

But coming back to Idris Elba. This movie could have done without all of his scenes. It would have been more intriguing if the focus was just on the taxi driver, the rugby wife and the poetic drug dealer. It kind of feels like that was the original script and the producers just added the scenes with Elba once he got on board. In order to make it an Idris Elba movie.

But hey, he got mentioned 7 times in this review….

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2990126

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Comments
  1. chasjos says:

    LOVE THIS REVIEW.

    • tracktherapy says:

      haha. well. It doesn’t say much about the quality of the movie though. but thanks.

      • chasjos says:

        Yes but it’s exactly how I’ve been feeling about Idris Elba, without finding the words to put it. I thought he was fantastic in The Wire. Undoubtedly a strong personality. But then indeed, he is very monolithic as an actor. I can’t wait for your critic on Valerian. I saw it and couldn’t really understand why the trailer was so wonderful and promising and the movie much less daring. To make an opinion on Valerian is very difficult for me—it wasn’t boring either–what is that movie, something else and new, drowned in attempts to conventionally please the sponsors, or just good entertainment albeit the usual stuff? so I have great hopes about your view, run to the movie theatre please 🙂

  2. tracktherapy says:

    hm. Valerian isn’t really on the list. Unless I’m on an airplane or something. Or when it becomes a 99 cent rental. 😉

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