Review & Recap: Notorious at The Montalbán
Checked out a screening of Notorious last night at Cinema Tuesdays at Nike Sportswear’s Montalbán Theater. Scene was pretty thick. Just missed the reception with MC Lyte, made it just time to catch the flick and check the Q&A session with George Tillman Jr., Derek Luke & Naturi Naughton.
I went in with low expectations and was pleasently surprised. It wasn’t great, but in the same sense wasn’t terrible
It makes sense, but the movie was made for the more casual Hip-Hop fan. Many times the film read too glossy and didn’t capture the true grit and personality of Brooklyn during this era.
George Tillman Jr. the director, is best known for his work on Soul Food and the Barbershop series told a great story, but seemed to lack the perspective to grab that authentic feel.
Notorious did a great job at telling the story of Christopher Wallace. It showed his different sides and also did a great job portraying the complexities of coming up in the inner-city
I thought Jamal “Gravy” Woolard did a great job and felt the movie could have used more “Real” New Yorkers to fill out the different rolls.