Today I'd rather be...
... snuggled up with Trevante Rhodes.
Lee Daniels' new film The United States vs Billie Holiday (about the Fed's endless siege on the famous singer for drugs and for stirring up racial tensions with her song "Strange Fruit") is out on Hulu today -- if you missed the trailer I posted the trailer right here. Andra Day plays Holiday and does so beautifully (what a voice), while you'll spend a whole lot of time yelling at the screen for the two cops in her life, played by Trevante here and Garrett Hedlund in a stylish stache, to make out.
But isn't that how any Lee Daniels film is to be appreciated? You can always find things, even when Daniels is at his sloppiest and ooh baby is this movie sloppy. And somehow boring? That's one complaint I've never had to lodge at a Daniels film before but this one's somehow kind of boring. That ol' Daniels razzmatazz just seems to vanish for long stretches, as if he felt a little intimidated by his own material. But then Trevante saunters in in a fuzzy sweater and you forget about all that...
I read Andra is exceptional as Billie, even the ones who don’t appreciate the film have good words for her but what about Trevante?
He doesn't really have a ton to do somehow, even with him being there a bunch -- Daniels is content to stare at him, which, yeah I get it! But he didn't leave me with a huge impression in the role honestly. The film's a mess. It's not Trevante's fault.
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