I’m going to get pilloried for this, but there aren’t many actors who annoy me more than Angela Bassett. Her default setting is Righteous Indignation, and she rarely, if ever, deviates from it. Her performances are always so self-serious and joyless. Just watching this trailer — what are the chances that this movie is good, btw? L’il Kim is being played by a former member of 3LW — I got the sense that we’re in for two hours of vintage Bassett: Powerful, Neck-Veiny Emoting. Also, doesn’t Voletta Wallace have a fairly pronounced Jamaican accent in real life? Whatever, yo.
Denzel is also guilty of this, which is why American Gangster sucked so hard. (Well, one of the reasons.) The best thing about the film was Josh Brolin, and this is sort of becoming a pattern for him, the way it is for Amy Ryan or Chiwetel Ejiofor. He’s just routinely very, very good, making mediocrities like W. much better films. I tried to see Milk this weekend, but it was sold out. But I’m sure his turn as Dan White is quietly on point, as usual. Just pencil this cat in.