‘Dope’ contains serious issues in story line
Serious issues are addressed in “Dope” while
keeping a light-hearted story progressing at
a steady pace.
The comedy in the story manages to keep audiences
interested and gives an 80s feel to the film, but it
takes away from the hard hitting message which
ends the film.
Malcolm, played by Shameik Moore, and his
friends Diggy, played by Kiersey Clemons, and Jib,
played by Tony Revolori, are 90s nerds in a rough
neighborhood in Los Angeles, CA.
Moore is a fantastic actor who establishes himself
well as his character. His look, his personality and his
consistent portrayal captures the audience’s attention.
Clemons is fantastic with a funny portrayal of her
character. The switch between drama and comedy is
great. She keeps her cute qualities while playing a
Revolori pairs up with the other characters great
and makes the group believable. His comedy is great,
his character is relatable and he is able to add a great
supporting character quality.
Malcolm is an exceptional high school student
working on applying to Harvard, working on his
personal statement and awaiting his alumni interview.
As Malcolm falls for neighborhood hottie Nakia,
played by Zoe Kravitz, he starts to be mentored by
drug dealer Dom, played by A$AP Rocky.
Kravitz is stunning and strong. Her character shows
more than just being a pretty face. She is able to
show a determined attitude and be inspirational in
her own way.
A$AP Rocky shows uniqueness in his portrayal.
From the moment he comes on screen, his character
is seen as a bad guy, but with subtleness A$AP
Rocky is able to show intelligence and kindness
in his character. He does a great job of being
a multi-layered character.
Dom tries to guide Malcolm only to lead Malcolm
on a LA adventure.
Through the adventure Malcolm comes across
several characters – Will, played by Blake
Anderson, Jaleel, played by Quincy Brown, Lily,
played by Chanel Iman.
Anderson is hilarious and his character is able to
bring up different sensitive issues.
Brown brings forth a good character
which contributes some comedy which keep
the story interesting.
Iman comes onto the big screen and is able to
play an out-of-control character amazingly well.
Although the character is chaotic Iman is fantastic in
portraying the character.
The ending is the most satisfying part of the film. It
is impactful and thought provoking.
“Dope” is out in theaters June 19. The film is rated
R for language, drug con [