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AMERICAN FICTION – Jeffrey Wright at His Finest!

ByTaylor Carlson

Dec 17, 2023
AMERICAN FICTION is directed by Cord Jefferson. It stars Jeffrey Wright, Tracee Ellis Ross, Issa Rae, and Sterling K. Brown.

On a sabbatical from his teaching job, writer and professor Monk Ellison finds himself disgusted by literary works of his fellow Black Americans, believing they should aim higher in their pursuits. While dealing with family drama, Monk decided to showcase the hypocrisy of the literary community by writing the most blunt and stereotypical African-American piece of literature he can. But what will he do when the book is published and becomes an unexpected hit?

AMERICAN FICTION was one of the most pleasant surprises of 2023 for this moviegoer, beautifully combining comedic and dramatic elements and an Oscar-worthy performance from Jeffrey Wright, one of the most underrated yet talented actors out there. It’s one of those stories that must be seen to be believed, and I’m certainly glad I did.

AMERICAN FICTION shines brightest in its leading man, Jeffrey Wright. That this man doesn’t get talked more about in circles of great actors is criminal; the performance he gives here may be the brightest of his entire career so far, and that’s no small feat! The movie ranges from showing Monk deal with losing a family member and starting a new potential relationship while estranged from his fellow college professors during a sabbatical, to performing an outlandish literary stunt that reaches new heights of lunacy, resulting in some very funny moments that words don’t do justice to. There’s nothing Mr. Wright can’t do, and he shows it in every scene of the film.

AMERICAN FICTION is a movie tasked with a delicate balancing act. The movie tries to do far too many things in its nearly two-hour run time; there are no fewer than six subplots, and obviously not all of them can get the proper emphasis. While this does work against the film at times, I’m happy to report that the final product is quite pleasing, and people seeking the ideal comedy drama will laugh and encounter thought provoking material alike as they watch the film.

You have to see AMERICAN FICTION to believe it, and what a film it is! Jeffrey Wright rises above any negligible shortcomings the film has, and moviegoers will be in awe of its combination of comedy and drama, featuring some of the biggest laugh of any movie in 2023. Very highly recommended!

By Taylor Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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