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14th September
2018
written by Adam

Detroit Michigan in the mid 1980’s, teenager Richard Wershe Jr. (Richie Merritt) would find himself in the awkward position of being a street hustler, an FBI informant, and a massive drug Kingpin all before his 16th birthday. Meanwhile, Father Richard Wershe Sr. (Matthew McConaughey) would battle his own demons as a small time arms dealer with aspirations of opening a video rental store. It all sounds impossible, but it actually happened, this is their story. Written by Andy Weiss, Logan Miller, and Noah Miller, Directed by Yann Demange and Darren Aronofsky amongst the list of producers, the pedigree of this film immediately makes for a point of demarcation between Summer time blockbusters and Awards Season flair; driving home a sobering story from the seedy underbelly of the rustbelt. Solid performances from the whole ensemble including work from Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bel Powley, and Bruce Dern further bring this bitter tale of woe to life. And, well thought out cinematography bathed in darkened hues by Tat Radcliffe effectively paints a vivid and indelible picture of the era. Strangely, original scoring by Max Richter comes across less impressive and the rather haphazard writing and editing of the overall story does leave the viewer craving a bit more finesse, alas, this does not spoil the picture, but does make for a few demerits. Worth catching up with at some point before the awards, White Boy Rick is rated R.

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