Glitter Ain’t Gold (2022) Short Film Review

Glitter ain't gold still

Glitter ain’t gold, by way of author/director Christian Nolan Jones, is a unprecedented movie. Taking into consideration it’s additionally a brief movie, it’s a lot more uncommon. This can be a “coming of age” tale that explores a tradition with out celebrating the rest in any respect about it. Similar to our primary personality, a small boy by way of the title of Jibril (performed by way of the very gifted Alfred R Lewis III) we’re immersed in a herbal surrounding with rites which might be unusual, on occasion bad. The director doesn’t query this in any respect. He portrays it as a fundamental surroundings the place an overly human tale takes position. 

When we’re on this shiny, virtually dreamlike position, we’re offered to Jibril’s adventure. He’s a middle-schooler whose best objective in existence is to provoke a woman in his elegance. His perfect pal Tawanda, is trustworthy as she is sensible. When he implies he desires to get his first chain, she laughs and frowns. She understands he’s going to forestall at not anything. A travel to the native flea marketplace places Jibril in entrance of his existence’s first large determination.  I received’t smash what occurs after.

Glitter ain’t gold is a outstanding ceremony of passage movie that insists at the significance of Jibril’s atmosphere, leaving him on the helm of one thing too large for him to know or query. When he’s across the adults he inadvertently admires, he’s assured. However Tawanda is solely an very important stability. 

The woman (Priah Ferguson in an implausible efficiency) is radical in her view of Jibril’s acts. The movie by no means confirms or denies if there’s a way of jealousy in her conduct, however I suppose it’s additionally as much as us to take into consideration it when she convinces Jibril within the flea marketplace to do one thing for her. When the movie remains of their dating, and portrays their herbal efficiency, it’s inevitable to consider in them and get on target with their goal as other as it’s. Nice performances are an important for this to paintings within the movie.

The movie’s middle is Jibril and his determined nature to be anyone he’s by no means been. The purchase of one thing will most likely make him really feel a part of an higher degree, however the irony of all of it is that it’s nonetheless a pretend component. He is aware of it and doesn’t care. He’s prepared to be ashamed, however he can’t see past the promise of minor love. Tawanda pulls him against a fact he isn’t prepared to just accept. The general scene is the movie’s maximum grounded. A deception within the arms of a boy whose goals are shattered.

However what goals? Glitter ain’t gold is a retelling of the common story of affection long gone awry when it’s now not meant to be. We all know Jibril will almost certainly fail within the face of an stumble upon. We move together with him on account of his gorgeous nature and goal, without reference to what it will give a boost to making an allowance for the circumstance. We wish him to win, however the query is what’s the actual ultimate prize?

The very brief Glitter ain’t gold is noticeably introductory to one thing larger. The director willfully leaves many questions unanswered. Most likely the movie’s unexpected finishing will depart you with a bitter word. I like to suppose Jibril doesn’t deserve extra unhealthy stuff. Or most likely that is only a promising first glance right into a function period movie.

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