Film reviews are subjective. I tend to rate films not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
Something the Lord Made (2004) from HBO Films
Not Rated. (Note: a bit of profanity is used.) Drama, African American Actors/Issues, Biography/Historical
Description (from the film case): Working in 1940s Baltimore on an unprecedented technique for performing heart surgery on “blue babies,” Dr. Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman) and lab technician Vivien Thomas (Mos Def) form an impressive team. But even as they race against time to save a dying baby, the two occupy very different places in society. As Blalock and Thomas invent a new field of medicine, saving thousands of lives in the process, social pressures threaten to undermine their collaboration and tear their friendship apart.
My thoughts: No, I didn’t know Yasiin Bey–hip hop artist with the former stage name Mos Def–was an actor until I happened to come across this movie, but as someone else put it to me recently, “He’s just one of those amazing people who can do whatever he wants,” and he plays an outstanding Vivien Thomas. This film has turned out to be one of the most inspiring I’ve ever seen, and if, afterwards, it hasn’t made you want to do something wonderful with whatever you have to work with, you didn’t watch the film right. Watch it again. 🙂