There are movies that sneak in under the radar with some ample word of mouth but never really getting the recognition they deserve. The latest, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete got some strong reviews, but the trailers weren’t always that captivating? With a cast including Jennifer Hudson, Adewale Akinnupye-Agbaje, Jordin Sparks, Anthony Mackie, and Jeffrey Wright can this film live up to the hype?
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete follows a 13 year old boy whose mother is apprehended by the police, leaving him and a 9 year old boy she was watching left to forage for food while dodging child protective services and the destructive scenarios of the Brooklyn projects during a sweltering summer in New York. This is one of those films that deliver so much more than you may expect. The story is filled with so many layers to the journey of these characters that are emotional and complex. Everyone in the cast are at the top of their game delivering great performances but the young boys leading the charge, Skylan Brooks and Ethan Dizon steal the show. These two young men are phenomenal. They are forced to carry this story and manage to bring out so many emotional and physical layers to their roles that rival even the most seasoned actors. Jennifer Hudson steps up and while her time in the film is short, manages to deliver the performance of her career. The format to this film is interesting as the story takes you on a journey of this young man’s journey of not only finding himself and growing, but also a story of survival at all costs.
Filled with exceptional performances, this powerful movie is a must see portrayal of life, loss, and discovery in a real gritty urban environment. In a world filled with films that are devoid of actual story and realism this is a welcome change despite the sometime heartbreaking nature of what they have to endure.