• Joshua Buck

Last Black Man In San Francisco (2019) Review

A young man searches from a home in a city that has left him behind.

This film created a painted picture of San Francisco of the people that love the city. We are introduced to this Preacher getting sorted and he begins his speech on a beautiful backdrop propped up by his little box. The scene then transitions into two skaters pushing in unison from the outskirts of San Francisco towards the centre which is ever so different which is being changed.

The performances of both by Jimmie Fails and Jonathan Majors really carried the movie and the chemistry between the two of them was so good that at times I felt like the film relied upon these two to carry the story sometimes. I was especially blown away by Jonathan Majors I thought it was such a good performance and one of the best I saw throughout 2019.

It took me some time to understand this movie. When I saw it in the cinema some people walked out. Now I think this is partly due to the what I believe is slow pacing of the movie. However, I stayed and made myself watch through because I kept thinking… there has to be a reason. Let’s say by the time the movie finished I was still trying to figure it out. I left the cinema not quite sure what I saw and whether I liked it or not. It was only about a week later that I figured out that it was actually meant as a love letter to the city of San Francisco how people of a different kind in that city are feeling lost.

The cinematography of this movie is honestly breath-taking sometimes as it captures the beauty of San Francisco to tell this almost romantic tale of the city. Even in the old Victorian house the lighting is so well crafted it allows for some beautiful shots to be created. Within this movie the focus of the camera barely focuses on everything and going for a shallower depth of field telling you of the beauty that you should be looking at.

Overall, I can see why this is critically acclaimed and it definitely subverts from the normal narrative of movies. With great performances and well-crafted cinematography, it really does create that beautiful setting it is trying to achieve but failed to properly grip me throughout the journey.

I rate this movie: 3/5

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