American Son (2019)

Directed by Kenny Leon

Starring Kerry Washington, Steven Pasquale, and Jeremy Jordan.

This is one of those films that feels almost like a play. And I found it was adapted from a play. The center of the film is the characters and the story. It has no action and it does not even change from a place.

The movie is about Kendra Ellis-Connor. She is waiting in the police station for information about his son Jamaal who has not returned home. When her husband Scott Connor arrives. They are separated and while they wait they are forced to look at many aspects of their lives.

The film handles a lot of different subjects but the main one I think has to do with the difficultly faced by an interracial couple. Kerry was black and Scott was white and they argue a lot of what their son goes through because he is black. The movie was very well done in that it dealt with racism and it was there but not as obvious as other movies. The dialogue is great and it keeps you interested in what is going on in that lobby of a Police Station.

The performances in this film had to be great because the actors needed to keep the audience there and interested. This is a film that is all about the dialogue and the story, it needed a performance that makes the audience stay. Kerry Washington achieved it, she gave a powerful performance. Jeremy Jordan and Steven Pasquale also give great performances as the other characters that have a lot of screen time.

The movie is not long and it makes an interesting movie to see. I don’t know if I would see it again, but I think it’s a good movie to see.

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