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The African Desperate

This film is a testament to the idea that anything can look good in a trailer. I went in with high hopes, but I think what I’ve found is a triumph in style over substance. On some level, I actually found it quite repulsive.

The characters all had the same personality, the music/sound was abrasive at best and the narrative was perhaps beyond the means of the film. I say they because it all centres around Palace, a kind of unwanting protagonist who spends the first half of the film telling people she’s not going to a party because she’s spent all summer with these idiots and she doesn’t wanna see them again. Then she goes to the party, obviously, but the party seems to take place in a large empty hall of some sort, with only about eight people in. Those eight or so being the people who kept asking if she was coming and a guy she fancies, so the people she didn’t wanna see again presumably didn’t turn up en masse. Then, after spending all night getting shy and nervous around this guy, he does a nice thing for her and just like that she’s changed her character completely into someone who berates him in an explicit mean girl manner for making a move. If there was a set up for that, then I missed it.

Unfortunately I couldn’t wait for it to end, but I will say in its defence that I think I was in a minority on that. The screening I went to was packed, and most people laughed throughout and clapped at the end. Personally, I would’ve got as much from it if I’d have turned round and faced the opposite way.

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