Charm City Kings (review)

Charm City Kings (review)
Charm City Kings (review)
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The documentary 12 O’Clock Boys revolved around dirt bike riders in urban Baltimore and the young boy who aspired to join them. This fictionalized version of that film stars Jahi Di’Allo Winston, who’s simply spectacular as the 14-year-old. As a matter of fact, the entire cast is chocked with real, compelling performances (Teyonah Parris, as his mom, is especially heartbreaking). The Black culture and characters are portrayed with verve and verisimilitude. It’s a hard story with dramatic turns and sometimes contrived situations. Even when it rambles (could use some cutting), the characters keep it interesting and the ultimate outcome (although somewhat expected) is effective. There have been stories about disadvantaged youth coming of age before, but this one has a raw energy and exceptional acting that make it distinctive. NOTE: The credits feature footage of the real riders performing some of their amazing stunts.

 

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

 

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