BARRY (2016) - the film about young Obama is just 5.0 on IMDB

Posted 2017-01-07 318 0

Barry (2016) is just 5.0 on IMDB. And the score is getting lower and lower day by day.

Barry opens with a young man on a plane, chilling with a cigarette (well, it is the 80s), as he reads a letter from his father which says ‘there are things a man can only learn in the city.’ When he lands and walks into his new university, he is evicted by a security guard for simply sitting there. He moves onto the rougher neighbourhood where he’ll now live and finally gets welcomed with a beer.

Set in New York City in 1981, Barry imagines what Barrack Obama may have been like in his younger years. A student at Columbia University, Barry quickly makes friends and starts to date someone. However, he feels prejudiced against on account of his mixed race. Barry has a close relationship with his Kansas-born mother, but struggles to connect with his estranged Kenyan father. Across the space of a number of months, Barry will meet people and learn lessons about himself and his country which will impact his future presidency.

It’s the little moments where Netflix’s latest venture into original (film) drama is at its strongest – when Barry is debating against someone in class, playing basketball with friends, or listening to the radio in his apartment. It captures college life well, and how it consists of an eclectic mix of friendships, romance, classes, sports, clubs and parties. New York as well is brought down in scale. This is not the big city of romance, shopping and dreaming that we’re used to seeing. It’s a lived-in place with some friendly faces, others more threatening. It’s not a fantastical place, as Barry comes to learn, but it is rich in diversity.

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But to bE honest, Barry bring to viewers nothing but a lie story about Barack Obama. Barry ultimately disappoints, for it carries potential in certain lines and scenes, and particularly in Terrell’s performance. Unfortunately it is doomed to join other Netflix movies in the overflowing pool of mediocre movies:

 

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