Passing feels like it might be the most appropriate to the format in a year full of exceptionally shot black and white films. Chronicling the story of two black women in the 1920s –one of whom is passing for white, and all the complications that entail, it’s a heartbreaking story elevated by the central performances from Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga.
What’s that you say? A movie about how are interconnectedness is anctually disconnecting us from people?
Oh wait, maybe not so much. This looks promising to me, but it also looks like a film that will spend the first two acts or so convincing you it will have something big to say and then in the third act everything will come to a head but we won’t actually learn anything.
Have you had your heartstrings tuggeed recently? No? Well watch this trailer then.
I haven’t read What Maisie Knew but I am aware of the plot. Updating it from it’s 1890s context to now is makes a lot of sense. At the time of it’s writing the book was a reflection on society in which the story was somewhat scandalous whereas now it’s story is the new normal for a lot of people. It’ll be interesting to see how much of the original criticism comes through.