Well, I have finally finished the whole #Roots2016 ( 3 times already) and I say..bravo. Now, I will admit there are some moments which seem to wallow into melodrama, a couple of which I thought are ripe for a Key&Peele satirical skit. Overall, for me the strongest episodes are Part 1 & 2. Okay, with all that said, I am a still a fan of this remake. The remaining 2 episodes focused on Kizzy after being sold away and her son Chicken George.
I am distressed with the number of foreign actors who are cast in roles that are intrinsic to our experience in this country. As if we are not able to tell our own stories but with that said, the actor who portrayed Chicken George was wonderful. I completely fell inlove with that character, he presented him as a complex but interesting man. He made him a guy you would totally want to swipe right on Tinder. Rose was a powerful Kizzy, she was sensual, intelligent and vulnerable. Meyers as always was fantastic, Lea was not an admirable man but you could understand the conflict that George felt for him. The scene where he looks at Kizzy dancing is quite repugnant and sad at the same time. The relationship I just fell swooned over was between George and his wife Matilda. In the midst of all this horror was this lovely, romantic pairing and everytime he called her Morning Dove the big, pink romantic in me just melted. There are so few moments of them sharing tendernes but when they do it's lovely. The scene of him kissing her as he travels to Charleston was as romantic as any B&W film of yesteryear.
Of course, the practical person in me questions, he really wasnt with another woman in London for over 20 years, did she never sleep with another man knowing he may be dead..but I had to put those all to the side to take in what was Part 4. It is the older, more seasoned George that I really enjoyed and the actor did a wonderful job of inhabiting the pain of delusion and the power of being woke. I loved this George he was grown and wise, not in the corny, sterotypical way but translating into power. As he waits for Maltilda on the Murray farm, its humilating yet tender and there embrace subtle but sensual. We are introduced to whole new extension of the family and while the writing doesnt feel as strong in Part 4, there are some wonderful moments. My personal favorite is when George's uses his father's gun in the most appropiate way possible. It makes me giggle and clap everytime.
I dont mean to wax poetic for a mini-series that is about the longest, most brutal institution this country has ever known but I applaud that even in the ugliest of circumstances, Love is never absent. How beautiful is that?
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