• December 1, 2021

Zola Review Movie

Zola Review

The year was 2015 and A'ziah "Zola' King fired out a 140-tweet post about her shady day at the beach in Florida as Hollywood was in a frenzy to see it. "Y'all want to hear a tale about me and how this little tidbit escaped?" King's opening tweet announced. "It's a bit long, but it's also full of tension." With a running time of around 90 minutes long, this movie adaptation is of a decent length, however the co-writer and director, Janicza Bravo employs a lot of flair and intrigue to offer an untrustworthy narrator in the age of social media.


The dazzling reimaginings of #TheStory drew attention to the surrealist style of Bravo that she embraced in her feature debut film of 2017 Lemon and for her latest epic saga that exposes the darker parts that lie beneath US life. As much as it is a black comedy crafted to entertain and entertain but it's an ominous critique of a culture that often puts women vulnerable to the untrustworthy men.

A strong cast helps maintain the film's fast-paced pace.

The film begins as an enchanting romantic tale. Composer Mica Levi's fluttering harp motif evokes a butterfly-in-your-belly feel as two women fall hard for each other after a chance encounter. This isn't a sexual chemistry as when Zola (Taylour Paige) encounters Stefani (Riley Keough) in her day-to-day restaurant job, it's obvious that their bond is an intimate bond that was formed in the course of a night of stripping in an area club. It's made official by Stefani's frequent shouts"sis! "sis!" as they flirt until the early hours. Their dialect is African-American Vernacular English that could only be expressed by writers who are truly engaged in the culture. The playwrights Jeremy O. Harris and Bravo add to Zola's story using their own whip-smart dialog using lines from the original text as one dynamic texting montage, laced with smartphone swooshes and"dings". Zola says to her new pal she must "fuck her man into a calm state" so as to calm his anxiety before heading to their stripping adventures Then it quickly turns into a romantic scene with comedy effect.

Sex is at the forefront of the movie's attention and while a few moments at the pole depict ladies as gorgeous and beautiful, a stunning sequence of Stefani dancing between male customers is awash with comical vigor while the romance that surrounded this weekend fades away.

It's through the eyes of Zola that we can see the ever-changing situation and, while the narrative could be lacking a deeper analysis of her motives, her curious side-eyes, acrylic-nailed pointing and a swaggering body language help to make up for the gaps. Keough is meanwhile, who delivers the Blaccented honey trapper in enthusiasm with a plethora of counter-intuitive moments of vulnerability to call for empathy for a woman who has all of her culturally appropriating flaws remains an innocent victim. Add Colman Domingo's manipulative code-switching prankster and Nicholas Braun's resiliency as the cuckold who is a fool, and you've got an impressive actor who keeps up the film's fast pace. However, as the weekend draws to an end, just the bareest of plot threads are left, which allows the once pure-fire emoji from Zola's adventure to fade away.

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