The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)
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A gritty, sometimes downright heartwrenching story of two young boys left to fend for themselves for weeks during a boiling-hot summer in a Brooklyn housing project.
Pitched fascinatingly, at times uneasily, between misery and uplift, "Mister & Pete" tells the story of an endlessly resourceful child who survives the unimaginable over one long summer.
They may be tiny little kids, but they deliver outsize performances.
"The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete" is a moving bit of mischief and mayhem that will break your heart, give you hope, make you laugh, possibly cry.
Dizon and Brooks are wonderfully natural actors, and their characters' bond becomes like that of brothers, with Mister looking out for Pete, at first grudgingly and ultimately with real affection.
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Realistically portrayed drama of the life in the disadvantaged suburbs of America directed by George Tillman, Jr. and written by Michael Starrbury , can bring tears even without melodramatic elements in it. Presenting Skylan Brooks (Mister) and Ethan Dizon (Pete) in the title roles nd casting Anthony Mackie, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks and Jeffrey Wright, the director made simply perfect team. As a genre, I will classify this movie as a coming of age story of two inner city boys. They were left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the police for drug possession and prostitution.
The movie concentrates on the two boys who are forced to forage for food while dodging child protective services and the destructive scenarios of the Brooklyn projects. They are faced with more trouble than any child can be expected to bear, and the fragile but resourceful Mister nevertheless finds strength in an idea from a movie, that he can be an unstoppable force against seemingly unmovable obstacles if he believes in the success...
There are plenty of sad and disturbing moments in this movie, but all of them managed to become inspirational and uplifting, because the director offered a glimpse of hope in the continuously degrading American society, especially for the poor. The brotherhood of Mister and Pete was something to make note, as well as the answers on the entire question of morality when people are forced to making ends meet. The film exposes the lack of real role models for the children in the society where the only value is the almighty dollar, and the authority figures were presented as menacing instead of helpful at times.
If you are ready for a dark movie with its moments of humour and lots of charm, while enjoying the innocence and cuteness adjusting to difficult moments of life, please, check this one!
This movie was not what I expected but went so much further than I thought! Great performances by these two brillant young actors. 2 Thumbs up with this film that touched reality in so many ways!
Stories about children struggling to survive on the streets are quite common (the most famous example is Charles Dickens' OLIVER TWIST), but this film takes a refreshingly honest and often brutal approach to this oft-told subject. Mister (Skylan Brooks) is a 13-year-old Brooklyn kid with a serious attitude problem, and for good reason. As the film opens, we learn he has not only flunked eighth grade, but his mother is both a hooker and emotionally estranged. Worse still, he grows up on the mean streets of Brooklyn where authorities are not doing their job properly. Mister's only friend is Pete (Ethan Dizon), an Asian kid with similar family problems. Both become inseparable companions after the police nab the former's mother. Together they struggle to evade the authorities and do what they can to live on their own. The title of the movie, however, implies that the outcome will be just the opposite. Only not totally, but you'd have to see it to find out what I mean. In fact, I highly recommend giving THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE a look; intense as this tale is, it is executed with a sincere heart and succeeds at being emotionally engaging without manipulating its viewers. Furthermore, the performances are fantastic -- the two young leads especially. Midway through the film Brooks' character reads a book about acting, and when he says "you don't pretend to be a character, you become it," that basically sums up how effective his turn as the emotionally strong Mister is. Dizon is a gentle counterpart to his tough-guy demeanor. The cinematography also captures the seedy, unpleasant streets of Brooklyn with grimy detail. Definitely worth checking out, but bring kleenexes with you. You'll need them.
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