Sugar Cane Alley

Sugar Cane Alley ★★★★

Exact Rating: 8.7/10

A dark, subliminal, small-scale, and personal story about the struggles of post-colonialism, Sugar Cane Alley is a vital tale that manages to zoom in on the details of racism's effects while also spinning it in a heartwarming fashion. It sometimes drags on, and it struggles to transition from different settings occasionally. However, most importantly, it does not push the darkness of its subject far enough. The film is relatively light in some instances, which disrupts the tonal continuity of the film. If the writers wrote these sequences to be darker, the film would be more consistent overall. These are all minor issues, so they can be easily overlooked in favor of its far outnumbering great qualities.