All Day and a Night review – a gritty but baseless Netflix film The same formula.

May 1, 2020
Daniel Hart 0
Film Reviews, Netflix
2.5

Summary

All Day and a Night is baseless; cramming in two hours of various timeline strands to concoct reasons as to why the lead character carried out vicious crimes later in life.

2.5

Summary

All Day and a Night is baseless; cramming in two hours of various timeline strands to concoct reasons as to why the lead character carried out vicious crimes later in life.

Netflix film All Day and a Night was released on Netflix on May 1, 2020. This review of the drama contains no spoilers. 

The whole purpose of All Day and a Night is to demonstrate environmental factors that can lead a young person to make the wrong choices in life. The go-to of this Netflix film is in the projects. Following Jah, a young man that committed a horrific homicide, wiping out most of a nuclear family, the film deals with repercussions of his actions but it routinely displays to viewers the reasons that led him to that fatal day.

By association alone, a deprived black neighborhood in America, with crime the go-to to survive, All Day and a Night is by default gritty. It serves the dark undertones of a life that is difficult to escape. The film foreshadows the character’s decision-making and his “hope” reducing scene by scene. The Netflix film suggests that you are only as good as your role-model; in this case, Jah’s father was a representation of the projects. A violent survivor.

But All Day and a Night relying on the default is not a get out of jail card to green-lighting a successful film. There are so many similar films that follow this formula that it requires a level of depth to expect anything different from the audience. The viewers need to be able to attach themselves to the main lead and truly understand why they are different.

Netflix’s All Day and a Night is baseless, cramming in two hours of various timeline strands to concoct reasons as to why the lead character carried out those vicious crimes later in life. The drama itself is not reduced quality. However, the reliance on grittiness does not guarantee a wholesome story wrapped up in coming-of-age tropes. The Netflix film could have been so much more. Instead, it is a 2-hour drag on an environment-driven young man who unfortunately was victim to his own upbringing.

We’ve seen it all before.


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