This past weekend I went to the movies with a friend and saw the movie DOPE. Now I know I'm late, but OMG I left that theater with so many smiles and amazing feelings it's crazy!
This post is not to give a 'review' of the film. Yet what I will say in that regard is that it was absolutely well written, well executed and the acting (with exception of one particular person) was on point. The sound track had this 70's baby rocking and singing along with all the dope 90's music (Heyyyyy Pharrell). And the plot twist was one of my favorite things along with this one dream sequence moment.
However, all of that aside, the film did something for me that was absolutely needed in my life at this time. It did a few things actually. As both a writer and filmmaker, it of course inspired me to want to be this fluid and seemingly flawless in the execution of my work. But it also validated for me that it's okay to have fun with and MAKE fun work!
I have many peers that are very serious about the craft and the work. And that's awesome, because I am as well. But some can easily, and likely unintentionally, come off as moody, dark cine-snobs (pronounced sin-a-snobs), that feel if a person's work is not deep and heavy and the next flipping Schindler's List, that it's frivolity. They can often make someone who is still feeling their way through and growing in this thing, feel that if they are not all deep and emotional all of the time with their work, that it's not as official. But after seeing DOPE, I was easily reminded that amazing work comes in all genres and with a variety of intent.
Now I'm not saying this to invalidate serious and heavy art in any way. I admire, love, respect and have even made this brand of work. But, as a naturally happy, bubbly and optimistic person, I find joy in making a light and refreshing piece of art that folks can laugh at, with and enjoy. And that doesn't strip me of the fact that my work is good work, as only being half-assed with my execution and effort can do that.
So to the writer, producers, director and actors of the movie DOPE I say thank you. As a creative who is working to fit all of her pieces together in this indie film world of little to no R.O.I. (return on investment) and a sea of sub-par work and high and lofty attitude filled folks, this was exactly what I needed!!!!
Fam, if you haven't seen it, and you want to have a great time watching a great movie...run don't walk to the theater!
Creatives, if you need some meaty work and a fun-filled reset, go see this movie.