Colin in Black & White review – a below average coming-of-age story with strong important messages

October 28, 2021
Daniel Hart 0
Netflix, Streaming Service, TV Reviews
2.5

Summary

Co-created with Ava DuVernay, Colin in Black & White should have all the directorial vision, but Colin Kaepernick’s attempt to make a fresh coming-of-age story about himself comes up short.

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2.5

Summary

Co-created with Ava DuVernay, Colin in Black & White should have all the directorial vision, but Colin Kaepernick’s attempt to make a fresh coming-of-age story about himself comes up short.

This review of the Netflix Limited series Colin in Black & White does not contain spoilers.

A coming-of-age story about Colin Kaepernick is always going to draw attention. A football player that changed the optics with a simple gesture before major NFL games. A kneel before the national anthem to demonstrate the mistreatment of black people in the country he’s proud of. At 33 years old, Colin Kaepernick is at the beginning of his story. With his football career more or less over, the activist has time to make fruitful changes in American society. That’s his mission. That’s his goal. This Netflix series details how it all began; a young boy with a dream, coupled with narration from the man himself, providing historical and contemporary contextual moments.

Co-created with Ava DuVernay, Colin in Black & White should have all the directorial vision, but Colin Kaepernick’s attempt to make a fresh coming-of-age story about himself comes up short. The story itself is unoriginal; we’ve all seen an underdog story, where a young person faces unwarranted adversity in the teen genre, and this Netflix series does its best to tick all the boxes of what we expect.

The more delicate moments come when Colin Kaepernick narrates, showing pivotal moments in black America, or talking about the life of a young bi-racial kid raised by white parents. The latter is certainly something I could relate to, being bi-racial myself, but once it flitted back to his origin story, it became less exciting.

I wondered if a documentary series would have suited, detailing Colin’s early life and compiling key moments in history alongside it. It could be that there weren’t enough archives to make this attempt, making a fictional series more suitable. It just lacks energy, and that’s not discrediting Jaden Michael — his performance does enough to keep young Colin’s spirit alive. However, as a kid, he could have represented any young black child’s experiences and the hard work that needs to be applied to make it in American Football. It makes the series uninspiring and unimaginative.

But regardless, Colin in Black & White will drum up attention, mainly as it centers around America’s present-day most famous activist. It just lacks the detail, depth, and quality that is expected.

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