Now Watching: DOPE

A critical hit and audience favorite out of the Sundance Film Festival, in DOPE, Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT.

   Left - Tony Revolori                  Centre - Kiersey Clemons           Right - Shameik Moore

  Left - Tony Revolori                  Centre - Kiersey Clemons           Right - Shameik Moore

A couple of weeks ago, I downloaded the Movie DOPE. Sadly, it never made it to the theaters in my country, but the internet is a saviour for people in my situation. I was hooked to this movie from the trailer, and I'm pleased to say that it did not disappoint. I was glad to note that one of the main cast members was a familiar face from another favorite film of mine, the Grand Budapest Hotel.

I loaded up my tablet, and clicked play on the movie. From start to finish, i was transfixed with the lives of three very simple teens, who got stuck in a very complex situation. They set off a "slippery slope"of events that made for a very good film. We watch as the main character Malcolm comes into his own more or less finding himself and shaping his identity.

He transforms from this quirky teen who is reserved and bullied, and blossoms into a man with courage, and complications and most importantly loyalty. He's gone past just being a nerd, and I'm glad to say that he defied the stereotype of the nerd and society's concept of the black kid from the hood all in one take.

DOPE is a truly excellent film that would be sure to make you laugh and get attached to the characters and their struggles. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and features very prominent faces in pop culture namely Chanel Iman, A$AP Rocky, Tyga, Zoe Kravitz, and Quincy.

The star Trio was well portrayed by Tony Revolori, Keirsey Clemons, and Shameik Moore, and I am certain that you can expect great things from each of them in the future.