Friday, June 14, 2019

The Last Black Man in San Francisco Review - 3½ Stars

"The Last Black Man in San Francisco" compares favorably with Oscar winner "Moonlight" in presenting a dreamlike story of friendship, love, loss and the meaning of home & place. Rated "R," 3½ Stars.
Director Joe Talbot and actor Jimmie Fails create a lyrical poem to the power of family and place.  In "The Last Man in San Francisco" Jimmie Fails plays a dreamer, longing for connection to his difficult family and the rapidly changing city he loves. Now living with best friend Jonathan Majors and his blind grandfather Danny Glover, Fails dreams of the Victorian house, where he remembers his grandfather. Circumstances allow him to move into that home, temporarily. The plot is more allegory than reality, backed by a beautiful score, including a mournful edition of (If you're going to) "San Francisco."  I still drive by the house where I grew up, and return regularly to the hometown I love. Change can break our hearts.