What can I say this film is a goddamn masterpiece.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I've been mulling on this film since I saw it last Friday, and when I was talking about it with my boyfriend (who I watched it with) he said: "The more I think about it, the more I dislike it."
What he said really sums up my thoughts on Joker. Joaquin's incredible performance isn't enough to save this film--if anything, his work here is wasted on a project (and director) that does not deserve his talent nor his commitment.
Watched during TIFF 2018
I don't think there was a single dry eye in the theatre.
Both hopeful and heart-wrenching, funny and tragic, Rafiki is a simple story of love set against nearly impossible circumstances (the film is banned in director Wanuri Kahiu's native Kenya), but that belief in love preserves, despite marginalization and fear.
That belief that queer women, especially queer women of colour, deserve love, deserve love stories and romantic films that may be "cliche" because it's still a riotous, revolutionary thing worth celebrating, in big ways and small.