Monday, April 20, 2020

Review: "Selah and the Spades" mixes crime and high school in a delicious cocktail

Selah and the Spades Review
Can you remember high school? I am 31 now, so its been a little bit since I was a teenager. Perhaps some of you are in high school right now. If you weren't, were you popular when you were in high school? Are you popular there now? (As popular as anybody in quarantine can possibly be). How much power did your popularity give you?

Imagine having so much power that people wave to you without knowing you. Imagine being able to sell drugs with ease. Such is the world of "Selah and the Spades." Had John Hughes made a serious teen drama instead of a teen comedy, it probably would have looked like this. Enter the world of a preppy boarding school where everything is seemingly run by a group of 'factions.' These factions run the entire student body. From paying peers off to do their homework, to things much more interesting like drug sale and underground casinos. Selah is a popular girl who runs one of these factions. Selah, played with conviction by Lovie Simone, is moving on to bigger things after the school year is done and she wants to find a replacement. Somebody who is going to keep her faction going.

Selah meets Paloma, played by Celeste O'Connor, and Selah is drawn to her. She thinks she could be the one to take Selah's place as she goes off to college. Selah takes Paloma under her wing as she shows her the ropes, they become close. But, as these stories usually go, nothing is ever what it seems.

I am not going to get into anymore story in this review. This is one of those movies that you'll probably enjoy more if you know less about it. You can know that its a first for writer/director Tayarisha Poe and it's one hell of a start. This is a wonderful display of several great young actors, all giving their all to this movie. Look for Jharrel Jerome from "Moonlight," who I truly believe is going to big things. The execution is near-flawless and the entertainment factor is fairly high. Check this one out on Amazon Prime!

FINAL GRADE: B

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