The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete was the opening night film during this year’s American Black Film Festival. I hadn’t done my homework, so I had no idea what the film was about. Turns out that it’s the story of a 14 year old boy. His name is Mister and the film chronicles his life’s struggles during one summer in New York City. It was dark and powerful. For most of the screening, I was either on the edge of my seat OR on the verge of tears. It definitely made me grateful for my own life and family.
This film DEFINITELY has star power, as the director is George Tillman, Jr. George has directed films like Soul Food, Notorious, Barber Shop, Beauty Shop, and Men of Honor. Award winning actress/singer Jennifer Hudson stars as Mister’s drug addict mother. She went way deep for this role–it is FAR from glamorous and she is QUITE believable. Jordin Sparks is also an integral character. Anthony Mackie and Jeffrey Wright also make appearances. And, Alicia Keys composed the score. How could this NOT be an amazing film????
Here’s a short clip. Be prepared for raw, gritty, profane language.
The film is being released in theaters this fall. GET THERE!