mylesm’s review published on Letterboxd:
I did enjoy this movie and thought it was beautiful in its very matter of fact conversational way of filming, like Zola on Twitter. Especially with the Florida scenery, the character contemplating over water shots were especially Michael Mann-ish, whose Miami Vice also got a shout out, so Ofc I was hype!! It’s score and soundtrack were great too!!
BUT (slight spoilers)
Some directing liberties were taken with Zola’s original story that I think were just gratuitous trauma porn: 1. The groping scene in the hotel room (wasn’t included in her original thread) 2. The tracking shots of the confederate flag and police brutality. 3. The shots of “odd” looking penises, I just don’t get how in a film of SW they would go with mocking bodies. They just add nothing to the story for me, they’re not needed to create a tense mood or setting. Especially since they used the actor from the Chi. Also was a little odd how little was changed from Jessica’s story compared to Zola idk. Still very enjoyable overall and I appreciate the contemplation of how personal decisions and societal divisions led the character there.