‘Gimme the Loot’ Movie Review
So many things go into making a good movie, and while this is probably the most obvious statement, it’s rare when a movie can hit everything. Expecting perfection is unrealistic; therefore, Gimme the Loot is “good” in the right areas, while being subpar at other points. It’s certainly not my favorite movie, but I’d have trouble arguing against someone who loved it.
Taking place in New York – a setting that definitely suits the movie – it is a two-day adventure into the lives of Malcolm (Ty Hickson) and Sofia (Tashiana Washington). The duo spend their free time (and little money) “tagging” New York City. Their artwork is what they pride, but when a rival gang outshines them, they decide to take it to the next level.
Determined to outdo the replica NY Mets homerun ball (the rival gang’s newest masterpiece), they embark on an adventure to tag the actual homerun ball. The feat would be considered legendary in the eyes of graffiti artists.
The things that work in Gimme the Loot are pretty obvious. The aforementioned setting is very important, and the filmmakers seem to have done their due diligence when researching the area. If this movie existed anywhere else, it would automatically decrease in quality.
The relationship between Malcolm and Sofia is also easy to love. They appear much more as brother and sister than potential flings. Too often, you’d think you knew where the story was going when you found out they weren’t related.
That’s where another character, Ginnie (Zoë Lescaze), comes in. Malcolm crosses paths with Ginnie when him and Sofia are looking for money to fund their mission. Their relationship is the more conventional one. Unfortunately, this is where I think the movie suffers.
The inexperience of the actors is hard to knock too much because this is to be expected. Being an independent movie (that most people haven’t heard of), you shouldn’t expect to see seasoned pros. However, it does detract from the movie a bit.
Keeping an eye on the overall “big picture” is what’s important. And unlike so many movies, Gimme the Loot has a different “big picture.” It doesn’t have a huge plot twist in mind when it starts, it cares more about the characters, their relationships, and the social scene in New York.
This is what makes it so hard to argue against. Connecting with the film, as a whole, was hard for me personally. I wasn’t expecting anything necessarily (I saw this as part of last year’s Seattle International Film Festival), but I wasn’t really blown away. I liked the atmosphere but was surprised when it had little to do with graffiti. Instead, it’s being billed (in some places) as a comedy, when it’s not all that funny. I’d call it a mix between an urban drama and adventure comedy, which, yes, sounds good on its own. Gimme the Loot is certainly a unique movie, and maybe that’s all it should take to get people to watch it.
Gimme the Loot is available limitedly across the nation. Check it out if you think you’ll connect with it.
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